2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020)

December 13-15, 2020, Ningbo, China

Urbanisation has been a driver for global economic development, but also leads to a lot of urban challenges on social and environmental issues, in particular the Global South and developing countries. Nevertheless, if manage properly it can couple with the sustainable development and hence the future sustainability, such as achieving sustainable development goals. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects to further accelerate the already-rapid development of urbanisation in the upcoming decades. The Conference serves as a platform for researchers and practitioners around the world with diverse background and expertise to share the most recent ideas, outcomes, and practices on sustainable urbanisation with a focus on the BRI.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Buildings and environment
  • Circular economy
  • Environmental and sustainability assessment
  • Environmental behavior for urbanisation
  • Governance, legislation and policy
  • Resource and waste management
  • Sustainability for BRI
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Sustainable urbanisation strategy
  • Transportation systems and sustainability
  • Urban resource management
  • Urban soil, water and wastewater systems
  • Waste treatment and disposal

Important Dates

  • May 30, 2020: Deadline for submitting abstracts and special-session proposals
  • June 30, 2020: Acceptance of extended abstracts
  • August 30, 2020: Submission of full papers
  • October 30, 2020: Early-bird registration
  • December 13-15, 2020: Conference


Conference Co-Chairs

  • Faith Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Hing Kai Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

icRS General Chair

  • Ming Xu, University of Michigan

Programme Committee

  • Chunguang Bai, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Zhao Cai, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Wei-Qiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Urban Environment
  • Ali Cheshmehzangi, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Alvin Cheng, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Yang Cheng, Aalborg University
  • Anthony Shun Fung Chiu, De La Salle University
  • Nick Sai Ho Chung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Guowei Hua, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Jing Dai, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Meili Feng, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Kannan Govindan, University of Southern Denmark
  • Chandra Ade Irawan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Carman Ka Man Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Gang Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Urban Environment
  • Ming Kim Lim, Chongqing University
  • Gang Liu, University of Southern Denmark
  • Xiaoquan Liu, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Gaoxiang Lou, East China University of Science and Technology
  • Ada Hoi Yan Ma, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Malin Song, Anhui University of Finance and Economics
  • Kim Hua Tan, University of Nottingham
  • Zhen Tan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Dimple Thadani, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Mike Tse, Cardiff University
  • Ming-Lang Tseng, Asia University
  • Yutao Wang, Fudan University
  • Yaoyang Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Urban Environment
  • Joseph Jie Yu, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Qinghua Zhu, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Abstract Submission

icRS Urbanisation 2020 will accept two types of submission, i.e. extended abstracts and full conference papers:

  • Extended abstracts are no more than 500 words, with a clear description of the research questions, importance, and relevance of the research scopes, methods, and results and main findings or expected results and findings. Extended abstracts of all submissions will be included in the conference programme booklet. Submission link will be provided later.
  • The conference proceedings for full conference papers will be published by Springer Nature. If you want to submit a full conference paper to be included in the proceedings, please extend your abstract to a full paper (3000-5000 words) by August 30, 2020. You don’t need to submit a full conference paper if you decide to present your work with an abstract only. Template of the conference paper will be provided here later.

Registration Information

Contributions can only be presented if at least one author registers for the conference, regardless of their submissions are extended abstracts or full conference papers. Each registration links to one contribution only. Students can register at a discounted fee if an official, recent certification or proof issued in English clearly confirm the student status during the Conference dates (13-15 December 2020) is provided.

Full registration (both regular and student) fee includes conference reception, conference banquet, lunches, coffee breaks, and attendance to all the conference sessions, and access to the online copy of the proceedings. Registration fee does NOT cover your travelling and accommodation costs.

Registration Fees

  • Early-bird rates (on or before October 30, 2020)
    • Regular: $300 USD or ¥2,000 RMB
    • Student: $225 USD or ¥1,500 RMB
  • Regular rates (after October 30, 2020)
    • Regular: $375 USD or ¥2,500 RMB
    • Student: $270 USD or ¥1,800 RMB
  • Onsite rates (during the conference dates)
    • Regular: $415 USD or ¥2,750 RMB
    • Student: $300 USD or ¥2,000 RMB

Registration link will be updated soon.

Conference Program (to be updated)


University of Nottingham Ningbo China

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham with co-operation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

Travel, Accommodation and Visa (to be updated)

About Ningbo

Ningbo is one of eastern China's most important port cities and a famous cultural and historical site. It's also a popular destination for tourists, both from China and overseas. The surrounding area is known for its spectacular scenery and mountains, forests, beaches, lakes, and waterfalls are all within easy reach of the city.

Travel Information

  • Plane: Many people fly to Ningbo-Lishe International Airport (NGB). Several major airlines offer flights from the US and Europe with ongoing connections to Ningbo from larger Chinese cities like Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing. The airport is eight miles southwest of the city center, and there is a regular shuttle bus service from the arrivals terminal to South Ningbo Railway station for ¥10. Taxis are also available and cost ¥50.
  • Train: Ningbo can be reached by train from most large cities and it's a relatively inexpensive option. A first-class return from Shanghai costs ¥450 and from Hangzhou, a first-class return is ¥250.
  • Car: At 22 miles, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the world's longest spanning sea bridge and it has cut the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo dramatically for drivers. Eastern China has good highways and you can drive all the way from Guangzhou in the south via the E60 toll road in about 14 hours.
  • Bus: Buses from Shanghai and Hangzhou terminate at South Bus Station. Other stations are North, West, East, and Zhongba. South Bus Station is in the Haishu district close to the rail station and just a short distance from the city center. Fares are reasonable and a return trip to Hangzhou is just ¥100.
  • Taxi: Taxis are widely available but most drivers don't speak English. Ask your hotel receptionist to write down your destination and the cross streets beforehand. Local taxi fare is ¥11 for the first three kilometers and ¥2.4 for every extra kilometer. Taxi fares are estimated to be ¥1,000 from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Ningbo and ¥450 from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport to Ningbo.