CFP: The 2nd Global Urban Governance and Policy Conference

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CFP | The 2nd Global Urban Governance and Policy Conference
June 29-30, 2024
Shanghai, China


School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China Institute for Urban Governance (CIUG), Shanghai Jiao Tong University


China-America Association for Public Affairs (CAAPA)

Chinese Policy Scholars Group (CPSG)

Urban China Research Network (UCRN)

Shanghai Coordination Center of World Cities Day

International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS)

International Association for China Planning?IACP?

City University of Hong Kong Department of Public and International Affairs

We sincerely invite you to submit papers and participate in the 2nd Global Urban Governance and Policy Symposium.

01 Conference Theme

Urban Innovations, Artificial Intelligence, and Sustainable Development

Over the past few decades, an increasing number of people have been living in cities. According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the global urban population is expected to increase by 2.2 billion from 2021 to 2050, with the urban population share rising from 56% in 2021 to 68% in 2050. Cities, as one of humanity’s greatest inventions, provide a better life for people but also face a series of pressing issues. Addressing these challenges requires extensive collaboration among governments, societies, businesses, and the public, as well as interdisciplinary and international participation from experts and scholars.

Following the inaugural Global (Chinese) Urban Governance and Policy Conference in July 2023, global cities are facing new opportunities and challenges. Post-pandemic economic innovation and the comprehensive impact of artificial intelligence on human society, especially in cities, are of particular concern. Therefore, we focus on the following topics:

· Best practices cases and comparatives of urban governance from a global perspective
·  Retrospect and prospect of urban governance and public policy theories globally
·  Innovation theories and practices of urban governance, enterprises, and social organizations under a global perspective
·  Urban policy agendas, implementation, and evaluation under a global perspective
·  Global comparative analysis of science, technology, and innovation policies
·  Policies and theories for urban “dual carbon” and sustainable development goals (SDG)
·  Opportunities, challenges, and governance of the new generation artificial intelligence technology
·  Artificial intelligence technology and future cities
·  Innovation in smart cities
·  Digital empowerment and high-quality development of urban governance
·  Challenges and responses to climate change, environmental pollution, and sudden public events
·  Urban resilience, security, and emergency management

02 Conference Format 

Conference location: Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Xuhui Campus and Innovation DistrictThe Global Urban Governance and Policy Symposium will feature a “Dual Track” with traditional “Research Papers” and a new “Innovative Practice” series. When submitting abstracts, participants need to choose one track based on the abstract content.

03 Conference Schedule

June 28, 2024: Registration

June 29-30, 2024: Conference events

04 Keynote Speaker

(alphabetically sorted by last name):

1. Can Chen, Associate Professor(Tenured), Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University; Convenor, Chinese Policy Scholars Group (CPSG)

2. Eddie Chi Man Hui, Chair Professor and Head (PIA), Department of Public and International Affairs, City University of Hong Kong; Editor-in-Chief, Habitat International

3. Steven Kelman, the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Editor-in-Chief, International Public Management Journal

4. Cathy Yang Liu, the Department Chair and Professor of Public Policy, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University; Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Urban Affairs

5. Zhilin Liu, Professor and the Director of the Public Policy Institute, the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University; President, International Association for China Planning (IACP); Co-Editor, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

6. Yaping Wang, Professor, Shaanxi Normal University; Emeritus Professor, University of Glasgow; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), Scotland’s National Academy, Fellow of Social Science Academy (FAcSS), UK

7. Tan Yigitcanlar, Professor, School of Architecture and Built Environment, the Queensland University of Technology

8. Pengjun Zhao, Fellow of Social Science Academy (FAcSS), UK?Full Professor and Dean of the School of Urban Planning and Design, Peking University; Editor-in-Chief, Cities

9. Ling Zhu, Professor of Political Science, University of Houston; President, China-America Association for Public Affairs (CAAPA)

05 Supporting Journals


Habitat International

Urban Governance

All submitted paper abstracts have the option to be evaluated for special issues in the mentioned journals. The abstract language must be consistent with the language of the selected journal. After review by the academic committee and journal editors, selected abstracts will be invited for full paper submission.

Abstract Submission Requirements

Please submit a 500-word abstract in Chinese/English by May 15, 2024. Refer to the abstract template attached to this document for formatting. Abstracts must be submitted through the conference system in the following link:

When submitting abstracts online, select the paper topic and indicate whether you want to submit to a special issue. The academic committee will review all submitted abstracts and notify the results by May 20, 2024. For specific submission procedures, please refer to the submission guidelines.

Recent (prospective) doctoral graduates and (prospective) post-doctoral researchers can indicate their status in the abstract submission. The symposium will select outstanding papers to organize an “International Young Scholars Forum,” specifically for recent outstanding doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers to showcase their work to participating teachers and recruiters from various universities.

Organizing Special Forums

If you wish to organize a special forum, inform all participants of that forum to submit abstracts through the normal process. Forum organizers need to email the conference organizing committee before May 15, 2024, explaining the forum’s goals, themes, and providing information on all articles participating in the forum (abstract numbers, titles, and all author information).

Submission link:

All selected abstracts that complete registration can participate in the Best Conference Paper selection. To receive full consideration for the best paper selection, please submit full manuscript by June 15, 2024. All submitted full manuscript will be automatically eligible best paper awards.

Key Timelines

Abstract submission deadline: May 15, 2024

Abstract acceptance notification: May 20, 2024

Registration deadline: June 15, 2024

Conference and on-site registration: June 28-30, 2024

Registration Fees

Regular attendance: CNY 1000 / USD 150

Student attendance: CNY 500 / USD 75

Site Visit: Best Practices in Urban Governance: CNY 150 (optional)

If you have any questions, please contact:

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