Topic 6b: Nexus Relations and Dynamics


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Next Conference: Track 6b

Please click here for more information on track 6b at the Budapest 2020 Conference, 'Sustainability in Transforming Society'

Past Conference

2018 Messina, Italy


By Prof. Dr. Martina Keitsch, Department of Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology  Ph.D Nuno Martins, architect, Executive Director of Building 4Humanity, Design and Reconstructing Communities Association, CIAUD, Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design, University of Lisbon

The main goal of this track was to share knowledge and experiences on possibilities and challenges of rural-regional-urban collaborations towards sustainable societies with a special focus on SDG 11. Track 6b comprised 18 presentations from international researchers and practitioners addressing issues on sustainable urban and rural development at local, regional and national levels. The presentations in the track were focusing on three key areas: Theories and concepts on sustainable urban and rural societies, models and measurements for planning strategies and study analyses and practices of green planning and design. Read more

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The aim of this group is to explore the nexus of sustainable development and urban and regional studies. It thereby responds to the United Nation's 11th Sustainable Development Goal that addresses the need for cities and human settlements to be more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. As scholars we recognise  however, the chasm that exists between the sheer magnitude of current socioenvironmental challenges, existing palates of sustainable development policy formulations, and the vast range of typologies of urban and regional spaces. This group aims to bring to light research that investigates contemporary imaginaries of urban and regional spaces, limitations of existing approaches, and opportunities for forward thinking transformation and change.
Recommended Sources
The top useful sources are the following:
1) Look at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Redefining the Role of Business.
2) Useful courses available at the UN SDG Academy; see for example "Globalization: past and future".
Further reading:
- A selection of SDG 11 related articles by Taylor&Francis here
 - Local Governments for Sustainability here 
- United Nations Population Fund - Urbanization here

- Sustainable Development Solutions Network: Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected
- SDG Academy: Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development


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Urban Studies and Geography, Simon Fraser University

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Institute of Engineering, Nepal.
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