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CfP: Summit on Transformative Urban Governance in the Developing World @ Xavier University, Bhubaneswar [Jan 24-25]: Submit by Oct 31

Xavier Centre for Urban Management and Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar in association with the UN-Habitat India Chapter, will be hosting ARCS 3.0 – Third Annual Research Summit on Cities on 24-25 January 2019 at Bhubaneswar, India

The New Urban Agenda of UN-Habitat and other such recent global discourses increasingly emphasize the importance of local governments in delivering sustainable development goals. Here in India, the performance of the urban local governments has come to the limelight, with a plethora of governmental programs getting directed towards the cities.

It had been more than twenty-five years since the landmark 74th Constitution Amendment Act was passed. Yet, vast numbers of urban local governments – especially those in smaller cities and less developed regions, continue to function with substantial deficits in managerial, administrative and financial capacities.

Themes of the summit

Theme 1. Twenty-five years of urban local governance: revisiting institutional changes, processes, and outcomes since the 1990s

  • Learnings from the post-1990s urban governance reforms
  • Decentralization and transfer of responsibilities to the urban local bodies
  • The relationship between the parastatal agencies and the elected municipal governments
  • Institutional arrangements in urban governance and mission mode of funding
  • Role of national and state finance commissions

Theme 2. Urban Governance and Economic Development

  • Role of urban local governments in economic growth and employment generation
  • Urban economic competitiveness
  • Urban-rural supply chain linkages
  • Skill development programs
  • Livelihood for the urban poor and governance regulations

Theme 3. Housing and Housing Finance

  • Shelter needs and land rights
  • Public-Private Partnership in slum rehabilitation
  • New modes of financing for urban housing

Theme 4: Urban Mobility

  • Land value capture to fund urban transportation
  • Improving Pedestrian mobility, safety, and security
  • Public cycle sharing schemes

Theme 5: Water and Waste Management

  • Delivery mechanisms to improve performance and reduce system losses
  • Role of local communities in water and waste management
  • Services delivery in slum areas

Theme 6: Heritage Conservation and Tourism

  • Cultural tourism and local economy
  • Role of local governments in heritage conservation and tourism promotion.
  • Community-based tourism development
Participation in the Conference & Selection Criteria
  • Participation in the conference requires the presentation of a paper
  • Participants are expected to attend the entire conference
  • Submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee
  • for content and appropriateness to this conference
  • The working language of the conference will be English
Abstracts Submission Guidelines

Submit the abstract, of no more than 250 words to


  • It is expected that a selection of conference papers will be published
  • The selected manuscripts will be double-blind peer-reviewed
  • More information about publication will be given during the conference
Important Dates
  • Submission deadline for abstracts: October 31, 2018
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: November 15, 2018
  • Registration and payment: November 15 – December 15, 2018
  • PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint file): During the conference
  • Full paper for publication: Date to be announced during the conference

Xavier Centre for Urban Management and Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, Plot No – 12 (A) Nijigada, Kurki, P.O. Harirajpur – 752050, Dist. Puri, Odisha, INDIA.



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