APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Virtual Ph.D. Symposium

Due to the evolution of the COVID-19 globally and the uncertainties around international travels, the APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Virtual Ph.D. Symposium was held on December 14-15 alongside the APRU SCL annual conference 2020.

The Symposium is organized by Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. It will provide Ph.D. students with opportunities to present their research work related to the working group topics of the APRU SCL Hub and annual conferences, and to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The symposium was held with presentations of the doctoral students’ papers, feedback from the audience, a group-work session for discussion, and networking.

Symposium Keynote Speaker: Prof Bart Johnson.
View the book of abstracts here.



Students have presented their research aligned with SDGs and one or more of the following topics. Please see the topic details and their relevant SDGs here.

  • Children, Youth, and Environments
  • Food Nutrition Security
  • Future Energy Landscapes
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom
  • Landscape and Human Health
  • Smart Cities
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Transitions in Urban Waterfronts
  • Urban-Rural Linkages
  • Vulnerable Resilient and Climate Justice Communities
  • Water and Wastewater

Best Paper Award Winner: 
Yao Ji, Keio University


APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Virtual Ph.D. Symposium are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.