Tuesday, 31 January 2017


International Geographical Union
Commission Geography of Governance

Annual Conference 2017
'Local Governance in the New Urban Agenda'

19-21 October 2017
University of Salento
Lecce - Italy

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Conference - Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning

Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning
Poznań – Obrzycko (Poland)
June 22-24, 2017


Association for Spatial Planning (Poland)
Metropolitan Research Center, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Symposium Goal

Researchers and practitioners of urban planning have had a variable interest in developing and applying methods of public participation since the 1970s, when the rational model of planning started  to  be  criticized  as  technocratic,  top-down,  and  separated  from  communities. The interest in methods accelerated in the mid-1990s, accompanied by the developments in public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) and participatory GIS (PGIS). The arrival of Web2  in  2000s  and  improvements  in  geographic  information  technologies  resulted  in  the proliferation of geographically related  tools and  Web services (Geoweb) for individuals and groups. Developments in P/PGIS, volunteered geographic information (VGI), and Geoweb have been recently paralleled by the growth of holistic approach to public participation in urban planning exemplified by Geodesign –  a process relying on geographic digital methods and tools for  integrating  analysis,  evaluation,  design  and  public  involvement  in  urban  and  regional planning. Despite  much  interest  in  participatory  methods  rooted  in  mapping  and  visualization  of geographical data,  there has not been a gathering of scholars in P/PGIS, VGI, Geoweb, and Geodesign  sharing  their  research  and  learning  from  one  another.  The  symposium  Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning 2017  will offer an opportunity for scholars  to  critically  discuss  methodological  underpinnings  of  geographically-explicit participatory  methods  in  urban  planning  and  share  their  experiences  with  applications  in realistic planning settings. The format of the symposium with fewer papers than at many larger conferences will provide an ample time for meaningful discussion and offer an opportunity to foster future research collaborations.


Conference Office: Magdalena Karczewicz, e-mail: cbm@amu.edu.pl

Friday, 27 January 2017

IGU Thematic Conference 2017 - "Land use/cover changes, biodiversity, health and environment, local and regional development"

IGU Thematic Conference 
"Land use/cover changes, biodiversity, health and environment,
local and regional development"
Bucharest, Tulcea
11-15 September 2017

Organized by: Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest


Connecting land use and biodiversity is essential to understand the relationships between ecosystems and socio‐economic systems, ecosystem services, and the potential risks and benefits to regional specialization
and human welfare. Such topic calls for investigations on how human activities and global environmental changes affect terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, human well‐being and public health, what are the
feedback and the potential local and regional futures. In this context, the rationale of the conference is to bring together scientists and  stakeholders  from various connecting  fields to address different effects of ecosystems  changes,  to  set‐up  mitigation  and  adaptation  strategies  and  contribute  with  scientific information to local/regional land use, planning and environmental policies.

  • Land Use/Cover Change and Land Degradation
  • Impacts of Land Use/Cover Changes on Biodiversity Loss
  • Causes and Consequences of Land Use/Cover changes
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management
  • Extreme Weather Events, Socio‐Territorial Vulnerabilities and Impacts on Public Health
  • Environmental Changes and Human Health: Impacts and Inequalities 
  • Distribution of Health Resources, Access to Health Care and Spatial Justice
  • Local Resources and Regional Specialization
  • Local and Regional Development: socio‐economic disparities
  • Spatial Development and Territorial Cohesion
  • Cross‐border Cooperation and Neighbourhood Policies
  • Governance and Policies in Planning, Land use and Biodiversity

For further information: igu.tc.2017@geoinst.ro   

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance

2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance:
Allocation & Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World
 Lund University, 9-11 October 2017

Future Earth

«Launched in 2015, Future Earth is a 10-year initiative to advance Global Sustainability Science, build capacity in this rapidly expanding area of research and provide an international research agenda to guide natural and social scientists working around the world. But it is also a platform for international engagement to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science.»