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Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016

Towards a better urban future in an interconnected age

5-9 September 2016 | Shanghai, China

Cities are incredibly vibrant centres of innovation, education, employment and commerce. They are the heart of the modern global economy and as such they continue to attract rural migrants seeking a better quality of life for themselves and their families. Today, more than half of the world population lives in urban areas, and each week, the urban population increases globally by 1.3 million.

As we become a mainly urban species, we have significant challenges and exciting opportunities ahead of us, as we try to transition towards more:

Urban Transitions 2016 will bring together researchers, policy-makers, government representatives and practitioners to review these themes.

Parallel sessions supplemented by large poster sessions will include a number of structured networking opportunities and structured round table discussions to synthesise discussions and make recommendations for the future.

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Keynote speakers include
Steven Barrett

Stephen Barrett, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, UK

Michael Batty

Michael Batty, University College London, UK

Michael Batty

Anthony Capon, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), Malaysia

David Satterthwaite

Herbert Girardet,World Future Council, Germany

Ding Jiemin

Jiemin Ding, President, Tongji Architectural Design Co Ltd, China 

Susan Parnell

Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Feniosky Pena-Mora

Feniosky Peña-Mora, New York City Department of Design and Construction, USA

Christoph Reinhart

Christoph Reinhart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, USA

Seth Schulz, C40 Cities, USA

Xuejun Shen

Xuejun Shen, Siemens Ltd, China

Clay Stranger

Clay Stranger, Office of the Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute, USA

Guanghua Wan

Guanghua Wan, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan

Guanghua Wan

Wu Zhiqiang, Tongji University, China


Conference Chair

Opening Address

Local Organising Committee

Scientific Committee

  • Umberto Berardi, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Budhendra Bhaduri, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Bert Blocken, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands & University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Christopher Boone, Arizona State Univeristy, USA
  • Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University, Durham, UK
  • Dongping Fang, Tsinghua University, China
  • Paulo Ferrão, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Patrick Hogan, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Jane M Jacobs, Yale-NUS College, Singapore
  • Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, OECD, France
  • Zoltán Kovács, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Chris Pettit, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Anu Ramaswami, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Neha Sami, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, India
  • Kala Seetharam Sridhar, Centre for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social and Economic Change, India
  • Jin-Guang Teng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
  • Hassan Virji, International START Secretariat, Washington DC, USA
  • James Voogt, Western University, Canada
  • Wei-Ning Xiang, Tongji University, China
  • John Zhai, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

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  • CCES
  • FCL
  • IAUC
  • Nanyang University
  • RCN
  • RCN
  • SEC
  • RIBA
  • Tsinghua
  • Tongji
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