NEWSLETTER Planum Newsletter no. 5/2012 | SPECIAL ISSUE | 43rd UAA Urban Affairs Association Conference

Dear Readers,
Planum is glad to present you the 43rd Conference of the Urban Affairs Association: 

Building the 21st Century City: Inclusion, Innovation, and Globalization

With special tracks on Media & Urban Life, and Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim 


The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.

The Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. (Adopted March 12, 2010)

UAA is the successor organization to the Council of University Institutes for Urban Affairs, formed in Boston in 1969 by a group of directors of university urban programs. Today, UAA includes over 600 institutional, individual, and student members from colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The Urban Affairs Association holds a conference each spring in an urban center. These yearly conferences are an integral part of UAA’s efforts to increase knowledge about urban places and promote the development of research activities. They provide an excellent opportunity for members to exchange ideas, information, and experiences. The conference program features both topics of institutional concern and those related to urban issues. Although formal papers are presented, with selected papers published, the conference format also allows opportunities for informal activities designed to foster professional networking and open discussion.


The urban context represents a multiplicity of social, economic, and political challenges, as well as great successes. This year’s conference theme focuses on highlighting urban successes facilitated by governments, individual residents, neighborhood groups, non-profits, and others across the globe. Issues raised by the conference theme are those that are relevant to the San Francisco context and other urban cities.

These 21st century issues are broadly framed as:

Successes and Challenges in Diversity and Inclusion

Who has access in richly diverse cities? How is that access gained? When faced with exclusion, how can/have marginalized groups penetrate local institutions and have a voice in larger society?

National and International Partnerships/Collaborations

In what ways have cities used the technology within their borders and across their regions to improve quality of life for their citizens? What are some successful outcomes of innovative strategies that have been transferred from one context (i.e., local, regional, or national) to another?


How have cities taken advantage of their role in the international economy to improve quality of life in the future? How have the successes and failures of nations shaped policy practices in other nations – socially, economically, politically, and environmentally?


What are some 21st century challenges, at the local, regional, national, and/or the global level, that have arisen as policymakers, practitioners, and individuals work toimprove the lives of urban populations?

Special Conference Tracks


This track covers a variety of urban issues affecting urban populations and places in Asia and/or the Pacific Rim such as poverty, governance, sustainable development, environmental degradation, and technological innovations, to name a few.


This track captures the diverse perspectives of scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields (e.g., communication, journalism, urban affairs, public policy, law, political science, sociology, criminal justice, architecture, and city/regional planning) as they explore the intersection between media and urban life – i.e, physically, political, and socially.


In addition to exploring the topics that frame the conference theme and special tracks, we encourage proposals that focus on the broad array of research topics typically found at UAA conferences:

  • Arts, Culture, Media
  • Disaster Planning for Urban Areas, Disaster Management, Emergency Preparedness, Cities and Security
  • Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance
  • Education, Schools, Universities
  • Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Urban Health, Technology and Society
  • Globalization, International Urban Issues
  • Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
  • Historic Preservation, Space and Place
  • Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
  • Human/Social Services, Nonprofit Sector
  • Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends
  • Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
  • Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
  • Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
  • Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
  • Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
  • Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
  • Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
  • Urban Design, Urban Architecture
  • Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
  • Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
  • Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs

Abstract or Session Proposal submission deadline: 01.10.2012

Acceptance or rejection notices: 

Early registration deadline: 

Late registration deadline: 
15.02.2013 | Your paper may be removed from the program if you fail to register by date


University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Telephone: 01-414-229-3025

• Main web-site |
• 43rd Conference link |
• Call for participation |
• Submit proposal |
• E-mail |

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