Rethinking Sustainable Pacific Rim Territories

In occasion of the 4th APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference 2020, the host University, in collaboration with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), promoted an online PhD Symposium organised in collaboration with the Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.


The Symposium took place on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December 2020 and was  entirely organised online. The Symposium provided PhD students with opportunities to present their research work related to the topics of the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (SCL) and to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A reflection on the implications of Covid-19 pandemic on their research had to be included in the papers’ conclusion.

Doctoral students received high quality feedback and had the opportunity to participate in the broader conversations of the APRU SCL Working Groups during the entire conference. This enabled doctoral candidates to interact and network with eminent researchers from the APRU SCL network.

The doctoral symposium had the format of a two-day virtual event, with live presentations of doctoral students’ papers, feedback from the audience and a workshop session for discussion, networking and the development of a final document. Students presented a collaborative document during the conference closing plenary.