This 13th International Asian Urbanization Conference is being hosted by Regional Development, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in association with the Asian Urban Research Association (AURA). AURA was established in January 1986 and is housed at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. It is a non-profit research organization whose primary purpose is to promote the study of urbanization, urban growth and to organize Asian Urbanization Conferences. The conferences are biennial (held every other/alternate year) and have resulted in many publications. The scholarly legacy of the original organizers and the successful history of these conferences have served to brand this conference as of a recognized quality for a diversity of scholars and practitioners across the globe.
RAPID URBANISATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA
Cities and their metropolitan regions are at the leading edge of change in an era increasingly rapid globalization. Indeed, urban areas themselves are undergoing astounding transformations of scale and substance in terms of demographics, socioeconomics, culture, and politics. These changes prompt innovations in governance, including planning, that progressively incorporate aspects of sustainability and public participation. Regardless of issue, the urbanization process brings some of our most important and vexing development challenges.
The magnitude and dynamic nature of rapid urbanization in Asia is distinctive and demands innovative and novel examination and perspective. Whether it be issues of rural to urban migration, slums, infrastructure, housing, employment, or environment, amongst many other issues, the Asian city context is unique both within and across its entire geographic context. Globalization and technological developments serve to add complexity to urban issues and problems. At the same time, these developments also leverage new solutions to problems both old and new.
Sustainable development strategies, leveraged across all levels of governance, are clearly needed to address issues associated with Asian urbanization. With this in mind, the conference will broadly address leading topics surrounding this issue, including urban resilience, risk and disaster management, employment, urban poverty, urbanization in the era of ICT, urban planning & urban governance, urban futures & aspirations, land, urban development, & housing in Asia.
The inaugural Asian Urbanization Conference was held at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. The conference organizers came to the realization at that time that a continuing scholarly and applied dialogue was needed, thus establishing the conference series. The full list of prior conferences is as follows: