Dear N-aerus Members and Friends,

today we would like to raise your attention to the following items:

• Deadline of 2016 N-aerus Call for Abstracts for the upcoming 17th N-AERUS conference is approaching on April 30, 2016.

• N-aerus / Cities Alliance side event contribution to the Habitat III - Regional Meeting Europe in Prague, 16-18 March 2016

• Application deadline for SPRING M.Sc.on May 9th 2016

• Vacancy announcement within the GIZ programme Strengthening capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA)”,


30 April 2016 - Deadline Call for Abstracts is approaching for upcoming 17th N-AERUS conference


The conference will take place from 17-19 November 2016, at the School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden:

This conference strives to gather scholars and practitioners interested in exploring the everyday practices of both those who are involved in the governance, planning and management of cities, and those who are building the city from below. In the current context of political, financial, environmental, social and economic uncertainty, the conference also opens up for discussions revolving around issues of mobility, migration, segregation and integration in both global North and global South cities.

Abstract submission
250 words should be submitted in .pdf or .doc by 30th April 2016 12:00 pm CET, to the conference e-mail address naerus2016@gu.se.

Important dates
Abstract submission:  30 April 2016
Abstract review and selection for full paper by:  30 May 2016
Registration: opens May 30, closes October 15
Full Paper submission:  15 October 2016
Conference:    17 to 19 November 2016

 Further information

For more information contact: naerus2016@gu.se

Details on the Call for Abstracts can be found here. Over the course of 2016 Conference information will be regularly updated under www.n-aerus.net/wp

Looking forward to welcoming you at the 2016 N-aerus Conference in Sweden!


Habitat III - Regional Meeting Europe, Prague 16-18 March 2016

Two Cities Alliance - N-aerus Side Events took place at the Habitat 3 Regional Meeting in Prague, 16 – 18 March 2016. Both side events were based upon the ongoing work of the 3 N-aerus Working Groups on Informality, Governance and Housing centered on the challenges of governing urbanisation. The 3 working groups are set up in cooperation with the Cities Alliance in the run-up to Habitat 3.

The N-aerus / Cities Alliance side event 'Debating urban knowledge: Learnings for Europe' on Wednesday, 16th of March 2016,  centered around the question if cities in Europe can learn from the Global South. The Network Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N-AERUS) brought scholars and practitioners together to critically reflect on the provision of one global agenda for all urban areas.

Side Event 2 on Friday, 18th of March 2016, addressed current challenges and perspectives on city governance, housing and planning policies and informality in the cities of the Global South. A researchers’ viewpoint.

Please see for a more detailed information on the content of the side events here

A key objective of the Cities Alliance / N-Aerus collaboration is to open up spaces for discussions among researchers and decision makers. This is intended to demonstrate the need for and utility of research in understanding situations and setting more appropriate recommendations for action, and therefore strengthen relationships between these two categories of actors as well. The overall objectives of the partnership are to produce firstly, work-in process dissemination events in the preparatory phase related to the Habitat III conference; Secondly to convene a side-event in the Conference in Quito itself.

Informality: This working group is concerned with the term informality and its dimensions and impacts on urban development and its processes, putting emphasis on the aspects of formal and informal mechanisms of city production. With the basic assumption that in urban development there is an ambiguity between formal and informal development patterns, which co-exist, the working group will present evidence and interim recommendations on (1) the rationale for informality, (2) informal practices and their links to formal processes, and (3) policy responses and their consequences.

Governance/Policy: This working group is critically reflecting on the term of governance and its interpretations for urban development and its processes in a changing social, environmental, and economic context. The group aims to further the debate on a more cohesive and interconnected approach when addressing urban governance by; (1) promoting more realistic and locally adapted aims; (2) recognising diversity and difference within and of urban governance; (3) understanding urban transformations as a result of negotiations between different actors that balance public and private interests.

Housing and Planning: This working group focuses on housing, planning and design transcending the perceived formal/informal divide. It recognizes the frequent divide between housing and planning discourses, as well as the centrality of housing and land to the development of resilient and equitable urban environments. The working group is exploring (1) housing perspectives – marking the role of housing for the reduction of socio-spatial segregation; (2) planning perspectives – urban design and planning vis-à-vis current urbanisation patterns and planning frameworks; and (3) policy perspectives – projects and initiatives for building a more equitable urban development.

Regular updates on the findings of the three working groups might be found  here.


Application deadline for SPRING M.Sc.

on May 9th 2016

You are aspiring to secure a leadership position and you are wondering about further education to acquire the necessary professional skills for an exciting career as a development planner? The international joint Master Programme SPRING (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies) is the right choice for you as it offers you the best opportunity to pursue your professional dream in a well-recognised university network which is located in five countries: Germany, Chile, Ghana, The Philippines and Tanzania.

After more than 30 years of history, the SPRING Programme counts 700 Alumni from about 70 countries. They are now employed in leading positions in diverse fields as teaching and research, regional development and urban planning as well as in national ministries and in international development cooperation.

The application deadline for SPRING M.Sc.at the Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University is closing on May 9th 2016.

Curious? Listen to voices of the SPRING Batch 2014-2016 on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IblTifhQzoM

For more information please visit www.spring-master.net



Vacancy Announcement

We would like to inform you on a job advertisement by GIZ, a Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Secretariat Partner, for a land economist position to strengthen data collection/analytical capacities in Africa in support of evidence based land policy design and implementation.

The position will be based at the World Bank in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, within the programme “Strengthening capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA)”, being implemented by GIZ in partnership with the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the World Bank.

For details, please see:

Feel free to share the job advertisement with your colleagues and wider networks.


N-aerus Coordination Team

Cecilia Cabrera, Alexandra Linden and Enrico Michelutti


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