Past Conferences


52nd Conference
Sponsored by UAA in collaboration with European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) and European Urban Research Association (EURA)

New York, NY
New York Marriott Marquis Hotel (Times Square)
April 24-27, 2024

51st Conference
From Global to Local: Urban Communities in Flux

Nashville, TN
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
April 26-29, 2023

  • 2023 Call for Participation [PDF]
  • Final program [online] | Final program [PDF]
  • Final abstracts [available in online program]
  • Plenary title: Local Lessons on Preserving Communities During Rapid Urban Growth
  • Local Host Committee: Cara Robinson (Chair), Tennessee State University; Kimberly Triplett, Tennessee State University; Rafael Harun, Tennessee State University; Michelle Steele, Meharry Medical College; Sekou Franklin, Middle Tennessee State University; Chris Da Silvia, Vanderbilt University; Michael Harris, Tennessee State University
  • Program Committee: William G Holt (Chair), Birmingham-Southern College; Santina L. Contreras, University of Southern California; Kathryn Howell, Virginia Commonwealth University; Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway, University of Barcelona; Nathaniel S. Wright, Rutgers University-Camden

50th Conference
Shaping the Future of Urban Research

Washington, DC
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
April 12–14, 2022

2021 – No Conference

2020 – No Conference









49th Conference
Featuring Special Sessions on Claiming Rights to the City: Community, Capital, and the State

Los Angeles, California
Luskin Conference Center
April 24–27, 2019

48th Conference
Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge: Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
April 4–7, 2018

47th Conference
Challenging Enduring Urban Injustices: Race, Ethnicity, Space, and Political Economy
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel
April 19–22, 2017

46th Conference
Social Justice in the Global City? Contested Views on Social Control, Borders, and Equity
San Diego, California
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
March 16-19, 2016

45th Conference
Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making in the Global City
Miami, Florida
InterContinental Miami
April 8-11, 2015

44th Conference
Borders and Boundaries in an Age of Global Urbanization
San Antonio, Texas
The Westin Riverwalk Hotel
March 19-22, 2014

43rd Conference
Building the 21st Century City: Inclusion, Innovation, and Globalization
San Francisco, California
The Fairmont Hotel
April 3-6, 2013

42nd Conference
Rethinking the Future of Urbanism: Cities and Regions in a Post-Industrial Era
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
April 18–21, 2012

41st Conference
Reclaiming the City: Building a Just and Sustainable Future
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
March 16-19, 2011

40th Annual Meeting
Sustaining Cities in a Time of Globalization: Social, Economic and Political Realities
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
March 10-13, 2010


39th Annual Meeting
Contesting and Sustaining the City: Neighborhood, Region, or World?
Chicago, Illinois
Renaissance Chicago Hotel
March 4-7, 2009

38th Annual Meeting
1968 Revisited: Cities 40 Years Later
Baltimore, Maryland
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
April 23-26, 2008

37th Annual Meeting
Cities and Migration: Opportunities and Challenges
Seattle, Washington
Westin Seattle Hotel
April 25-28, 2007

36th Annual Meeting
Neighborhoods and Urban Transformation: The New Global Context
Montréal, Québec
Le Centre Sheraton Hotel
April 19-22, 2006

35th Annual Meeting
Borrowing from the Future: Equity, Sustainability and the Urban Question
Salt Lake City, Utah
Prime Hotel and Conference Center
April 13-16, 2005

34th Annual Meeting
Context Matters: Shaping Urban Policy Locally, Nationally, and Internationally
Washington, District of Columbia
Washington Marriott Hotel
March 31-April 3, 2004

33rd Annual Meeting
Shaping Our Urban Future: Utilizing Creativity, Vision, Policy and Advocacy to Make Change
Cleveland, Ohio
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
March 26-29, 2003

32nd Annual Meeting
What’s Right About Cities and an Urban Way of Life
Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
March 20-23, 2002

31st Annual Meeting
Confronting the Past to Build the Future
Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
April 25-28, 2001

30th Annual Meeting
Cities in the New Millennium: Separate Realities – or Shared Fates
Los Angeles, California
Wilshire Grand Hotel
May 3-6, 2000


29th Annual Meeting
The Social Reconstruction of the City: Social Capital and Community Building
Louisville, Kentucky
Seelbach Hilton Hotel
April 14-17, 1999

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Community building, Community Development and the Role of Social Capital. Consolidation vs. Public Choice: Is There a New Metropolitan Agenda

28th Annual Meeting
Urban Policy Devolution in the Americas: Downsizing, Abdication, and Metropolitan Destinies
Fort Worth, Texas
Worthington Hotel
April 22-25, 1998

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Devolution, Non-profits, and the Future of the Welfare State. Planning for a new Downtown for the 1990s: Fort Worth

27th Annual Meeting
North American Cities at Century’s End: Common Challenges, Common Solutions?
Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Marriott–Eaton Centre
April 16-19, 1997

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Thursday: Will the New Toronto Work as Well as the Old?
    Friday Mini-Plenary: Cities, Citizenship & Democracy
    Saturday Mini-Plenary: How do
    Differences in the Canadian and U.S. Federal Systems Impact Cities?

26th Annual Meeting
Urban Practitioners, Policymakers, and Scholars: Is There Common Ground?
New York, New York
Hotel Inter-Continental New York
March 13-16, 1996

25th Annual Meeting
Urban Continuities, Urban Change: Celebrating 25 Years of UAA
Portland, Oregon
Portland Marriott Hotel
May 3-6, 1995

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Diversity & the Urban World. Looking Aheaad to the Future: Oregon’s Approach to Urban Policy

24th Annual Meeting
Bringing the City Back In
New Orleans, Louisiana
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
March 2-5, 1994

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Is Clinton Bringing the City Back in?. New Orlearns: Will You Service Another 250 Years?

23rd Annual Meeting
Understanding the Metropolitan Mosaic
Indianapolis, Indiana
April 21-24, 1993

22nd Annual Meeting
Urban Dualities: Ascendancy and Decline
Cleveland, Ohio
Stouffer Tower City Plaza Hotel
April 29-May 24, 1992

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Cleveland: Are You Better off Now Than You Were 20 Years Ago?. A Dissent on the Concept of Urban Dualities

21st Annual Meeting
Urban Issues and Intercultural Perspectives
Vancouver, British Columbia
Le Meridien Hotel
April 17-20, 1991

20th Annual Meeting
Urban America: The Decade Ahead
Charlotte, North Carolina
Marriott City Center Hotel
April 18-21, 1990


19th Annual Meeting
Urbanization in the Nineties: The Closing of a Century
Baltimore, Maryland
Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel
March 15-18, 1989

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Critical Challenges of the Inner City: Public Education and Drugs

18th Annual Meeting
The Urban Policy Agenda
St. Louis, Missouri
Marriott Pavilion Hotel
March 9-12, 1988

17th Annual Meeting
Cities in Transition
Akron, Ohio
Quaker Square Hilton
April 22-25, 1987

16th Annual Meeting
Planning for Urban Growth
Fort Worth, Texas
March 5-8, 1986

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Managing Growth in the Southwest – The Tarrant County Example

15th Annual Meeting
Managing the City: What Lies Ahead
Norfolk, Virginia
Holiday Inn-Waterside
April 17-20, 1985

14th Annual Meeting
Revitalizing Urban America
Portland, Oregon
Portland Marriott Hotel
March 21-24, 1984

13th Annual Meeting
Changing Frontiers in the Urban World
Flint, Michigan
Hyatt Regency-Flint
March 23-26, 1983

12th Annual Meeting
[no theme]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Holiday Inn-Independence Mall
April 14-17, 1982

11th Annual Meeting
The Urban Connection: Federalism in the 1980s
Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha Hilton
March 25-28, 1981

10th Annual Meeting
Urban America in the 1980s
Washington, DC
Dupont Plaza Hotel
March 19-22, 1980


9th Annual Meeting
[no theme]
Toronto, Ontario
Ramada Inn
April 18-21, 1979

8th Annual Meeting
The University and the City
Denver, Colorado
Executive Tower Inn
March 8-11, 1978

7th Annual Meeting
Urban Affairs and the City
New Orleans, Louisiana
Le Pavillon Hotel
March 2-5, 1977

6th Annual Meeting
Urban Affairs in Transition
Atlanta, Georgia
Downtown Holiday Inn
March 3-6, 1976

5th Annual Meeting
[no theme]
New York, New York
Waldorf Astoria
March 12-16, 1975

4th Annual Meeting
[no theme]
Cleveland, Ohio
Holiday Inn-Downtown
April 25-27, 1974

  • Final program [PDF]
  • Plenary title: Urban Affairs – State of the Discipline (or Field, or Art?)

3rd Annual Meeting
[no theme]
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Carolina Inn
May 17-19, 1973

2nd Annual Meeting
[no information on file]
Dallas, Texas
Sheraton-Dallas Hotel
April 6-8, 1972

1st Annual Meeting
[no information on file]
St. Louis, Missouri
Saint Louis University
April 22-24, 1971

[no theme]
Washington, DC
Statler Hilton Hotel
April 22-25, 1970

Urban Priorities for the Seventies
Boston, Massachusetts
Sheraton Plaza Hotel
November 13-15, 1969

  • Organizing Meeting

University Urban Study Centers: Observations from Within
Detroit, Michigan
March 27-29, 1969

  • Organizing Meeting