The Asian Regional Conference on Peri-Urbanization(ARCP) is an international platform for scholars, researchers and practitioners to discuss interdisciplinary research and practices about peri-urbanization in the fields of regional development, urban geography, urban planning/design and all sub-fields.
2018 ARCP will take place in Pusan National University, Busan, Korea during Nov. 8-10 . Prospective authors are invited to submit original research abstracts or full papers which were not, are not and have not been submitted/published/under consideration in other conferences and journals.

Dates : Nov. 8-10. 2018
Venue : Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea
Organizer : Department of Architecture, Pusan National University(South Korea), College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University(China), School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal(India)
Peri-urban areas are an emergent challenge that encapsulates the new Asian urban context. Asian mega-cities have driven mega-demand for land and natural resources where industrialization has stimulated demographic growth and urban development sprawl, leading to massive suburban expansion. On average, Asia’s combined urban population grows by over 45 million a year, resulting every day in the conversion of more than 10 sq km of (mainly productive) agricultural land to urban uses. These zones of expansion and conversion are peri-urban areas, transition zones where urban and rural activities are juxtaposed and landscape features are subject to rapid modifications induced by human activities.

Although there is no scholarly consensus on the definition of the peri-urban interface, there is growing recognition that rural and urban features tend increasingly to co-exist within cities and beyond their limits. Allen (2003), for example, defines the peri-urban interface “as a heterogeneous mosaic of ‘natural’ ecosystems, ‘productive’ or ‘agro-’ ecosystems, and ‘urban’ ecosystems affected by the material and energy flows demanded by urban and rural systems.”

The governance and management of peri-urban areas are often neglected by both rural and urban administrators because they are located beyond the administrative boundaries of cities in zones that are generally not identified as specific entities of planning, to say nothing of cross-border contexts. This creates the nexus of an understudied problematic growing at an alarming rate, with massive implications across the spectrum of urban governance challenges. The research will examine peri-urban governance as an important lens into rural and urban power dichotomies and impacts on planning biases. Key governance issues to be examined are jurisdictions of peri-urban areas, ecological footprints of cities to spill-over into the peripheries, equity dimension, mechanisms for citizen engagement in service delivery, and multi-agency consultation mechanisms. It will also examine the need for convergence of economic, social, and land-use plans and whether respective agencies have the enforcement mechanisms to ensure cooperation.

Urban Resilience and Practices

Asian cities grown so rapidly face a growing range of adversities and challenges in 21st century : from the impact of climate change to growing migrant populations to inadequate infrastructure to pandemics to cyber-attacks. Challenge is made even harder by the stresses of climate change, which is bringing more extreme weather, from floods to heat waves, and higher sea levels that threaten coastal cities. In developing countries, the migrants from rural areas often end up in slums or residential areas with poor housing, now home to nearly one billion people across the world, where many live in poverty. While this region is physically and socio-economically diverse, its cities share many of the same challenges and need to be more resilient to these impacts that are growing parts in these days.

Urban resilience, been defined as the capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy, and security of urban area(Wilbanks 2007), has an increasing attention to the capability to adapt to changing conditions. The major resilience challenges of our era, such as poverty reduction, natural hazards and climate change, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion, enriched with cultural understandings too. Mass density of people makes them especially vulnerable both to the impacts of acute disasters and the slow, creeping effects of the changing climate; all making resilience planning critically important. At the same time, growing urbanization over the past century has been associated with a considerable increase in urban sprawl.

In many of Asian countries, especially developing countries such as India, Indonesia etc, Natural Disaster Prevention, Infrastructure for Flooding, Food Security, Nutrition and also loss of agricultural land, waterbodies, etc. are still key issues.

Resilience requires cities to take transformative actions that make cities better, in both the short- and long-term, and allow cities to not only endure, but thrive, in both good times and bad. Collaboration between cities as well as partnership with the private sector also can create scalable solutions to begin to address these challenges and solutions. Therefore, the holistic lens will be considered to meet the needs of the Asian peri-urbanization. It is also trans-disciplinary, with a working group that includes scholars in a number of disciplines including urban planning, architecture, social and environmental science.

The purpose of the studies is to promote Asian urbanization studies and collaborations among Asian universities and research institutions, even governments, in order to strengthen sustainable urban and rural development.


The country/city case studies will examine main questions below:

(1) What is peri-urbanization (including characteristics and size) and what are the driving forces and related variables of peri-urbanization, location of industries, employment and investments in the region?
(2) What are governance and administration structures and processes of peri-urbanization?
(3) What are the consequences of peri-urbanization and results of national state or regional and local policies and programs?
(4) What are the adversities and challenges come to face and ways to building urban resilience in Asian Cities?


Specifically, the country/city case studies will address the following topics:

• Characteristics, size and scope of peri-urbanization (through mapping, satellite imaging and related methods);
• Governance and administration structures and processes of peri-urbanization;
• Service delivery and access in peri-urban areas;
• Land management and planning controls that affect peri-urban areas;
• Government policies and programs and their impacts
• Migration and mobility
• Mechanisms for citizen participation and inter-agency coordination
• Environmental impacts on peri-urban areas
• Other sub-themes relevant to a country

     - Dimension of Health & Wellbeing
     - Dimension of Economy & Society
     - Dimension of Infrastructure & Environment;
     - Dimension of Leadership & Strategy


LEE Inhee
Professor, Department of Architecture, Pusan National University
2, Busandaehak-ro 63beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, 46241, Rep. of KOREA

Submission of Abstract
June 25 - September 10, 2018
Notification of Acceptance
September 15, 2018
October 10, 2018
Conference Date
November 8, 2018
Submission of Full paper
January 31, 2019

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