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ACR+ member Institute of Urban Studies invites proposals for presentations at the V. Conference on Urban Studies (ICUS). ICUS is in its 5th year and offers a unique collaborative environment for urban planners, policymakers and academics to provide theoretical insights, applied learning and to assist the development of this burgeoning field of urban studies.

The umbrella theme of ICUS 2020 is Urbanization and Quality of Life.  The Institute is looking forward to abstracts.

The venue of the conference is at Ankara University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ankara/Turkey. In the case of continuing measures against Covid-19, the conference might be held online and participants will be notified in advance

Themes for 2020:

  • Dynamics of Urbanization
    • New definition, meaning and function of the urban
    • Political-Economy of Urbanization
    • Urbanization, institutional structure and legal framework
    • Transformation in urbanization policies, institutional structure and legal framework
    • State-Capital and Urbanization Relations
    • Market domination in urbanization- planning and architecture
    • Planning, changing paradigms and new approaches
    • Impact of Privatization Policies on Built Environment
    • Urban Regeneration Projects, Mega Projects and Their Finances


  • Problems in Urbanization Processes
    • Urban Justice, Poverty and Deprivation
    • Right to the City Violations and Urban Movements
    • Socio-Spatial Segregation and Alienation
    • Eroded Publicity and Hegemonic Spaces
    • Socio-Economic Dimensions of mass and internal migration
    • Climate change, natural disasters and risks
    • Epidemic and Contagion Diseases
    • Uncontrolled Resource Consumption
    • Relations between Brain-Drain and Life Quality


  • Factors Affecting Quality of Life
    • Urbanization and Employment Relations
    • Productive Economy and Sectoral Diversity
    • Public Policies and Urban Services
    • Urban Dweller Profiles and Changing Needs
    • Local Governments and Governance
    • Local and Rural Development
    • Agricultural Policies, Agricultural Production and Food Security
    • Climate Change Adaptation Policies and Implementations
    • Reducing Natural Disasters’ Risks and their Management
    • Political Ecology, Environmental Management and Right to Environment
    • Smart Technologies in Urbanization Field
    • Resilient Cities


  • New Approaches in Increasing Life Quality, Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation
    • New Approaches and Methods to Life Quality
    • Urban Life Quality Indexes
    • Understanding Urban Movements’ Demands as Indicators of Life Quality
    • Approaching Everyday Life as an Indicator of Life Quality
    • Questioning Cultural Policies
    • Smart Technologies and E-Municipality Systems
    • TSE and ISO Standards
    • Geographic Information Systems and Big Data
    • Urban Information Security
    • Monitoring and Auditing Construction Plans


  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 01 August 2020
  • Notification of acceptance for presentation: 20 August 2020
  • Early-Bird Registration: 24-31 August 2020
  • Late Registration: 09-15 September 2020
  • Announcement of Conference Program: 15 September 2020
  • Conference Date: 7-8-9 October 2020

Please visit  ICUS 2020 website for more detailed information about the conference at:

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