2019 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Cities (icRS Cities 2019)

July 1-3, 2019, Adelaide, Australia

Rapid urbanization has to a large extent improved the quality of life of human beings. These include the diverse products and services, improved infrastructure, better working and living environment, etc. Meanwhile, a number of challenges exist such as depleting natural resources, energy, soil pollution, water pollution, and air quality. In essence, the overconsumption of resources played a critical role in the emergence of these challenges.

To deal with these pressing issues, it is imperative to employ a holistic approach which brings all related disciplines together. Indeed, all professions (e.g. architects, urban planners, engineers, policy makers, construction managers, developers) play important roles in achieving the sustainable urbanization. By dealing with these challenges properly, the sustainability of urban systems will also be improved.

Specifically, icRS Cities 2019 will include invited keynote speeches, parallel sessions, and poster presentations on the following topics, awards, and sessions. High-quality presentations from the conference will be recommended to journals that support the conference, including Resources, Conservation & Recycling (2018 Impact Factor: 7.044) and Journal of Cleaner Production (2018 Impact Factor: 6.395).

Authors will also have the option to submit full papers to the conference proceedings which will be published by SSRN. Logos of SSRN and Elsevier will be shown on the proceedings cover.

  • Circular economy
  • Emissions, effects and management of air pollutants and greenhouse gases
  • Energy systems
  • Food and food waste
  • Green buildings
  • Green infrastructure
  • Housing market and policy
  • Land use efficiency
  • Resource efficiency
  • Resource recovery
  • Smart cities
  • Solid waste management
  • Sustainable behavior
  • Sustainable materials
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Sustainable urbanization
  • Urban mining
  • Urban renewal
  • Urban resilience
  • Waste reduction, reuse, and recycling
  • Water systems


  • Best Student Oral Presentations
  • Best Student Posters
  • Most Welcomed Posters

Special sessions:

  • Editor Panel

Important Dates

  • January 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting abstracts
  • February 15, 2019: Notification of acceptance
  • March 15, 2019: Early-bird registration ends (at least one author should register before Early Bird ends; otherwise an accepted abstract will be removed from the conference program and not be considered for journal special issues)
  • July 1-3, 2019: Conference
  • October 1, 2019: Deadline for submitting papers to journal special issues (by invitation only)


Advisory Committee (updating)

  • Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge
  • Robert U. Ayres, INSEAD
  • Yu Bai, Monash University
  • Paul Brunner, Technische Universität Wien
  • Anthony S. F. Chiu, De La Salle University
  • Jo Dewulf, Universiteit Gent
  • Peter Glavic, University of Maribor
  • Seiji Hashimoto, Ritsumeikan University
  • Kannan Govindan, University of Southern Denmark
  • Alissa Kendall, University of California, Davis
  • Jiří Jaromír KlemeŠ, Brno University of Technology
  • Yasushi Kondo, Waseda University
  • Ming Lim, Chongqing University
  • Jian Lin, Peking University
  • Guiwen Liu, Chongqing University
  • Kerry London, Western Sydney University
  • Eric Masanet, Northwestern University
  • Daniel Beat Müller, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Alan Peters, The University of Adelaide
  • José Potting, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Helmut Rechberger, Technische Universität Wien
  • Joseph Sarkis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Heinz Schandl, CSIRO
  • Roland Scholz, ETH Zurich
  • Susan Selke, Michigan State University
  • Guido Sonnemann, University of Bordeaux 1
  • Geoffrey Q.P. Shen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Liyin Shen, Chongqing University
  • Martin Skitmore, Queensland University of Technology
  • Ming Lang Tseng, Asia University
  • Jeroen van den Bergh, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Sebastian Werle, Silesian University of Technology
  • Yutao Wang, Fudan University
  • Ming-hung Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Ernst Worrell, Universiteit Utrecht
  • Yuzhe Wu, Zhejiang University
  • Zhifeng Yang, Beijing Normal University
  • George Zillante, The University of Adelaide
  • Patrick X.W. Zuo, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Tieyong Zuo, Beijing University of Technology

icRS General Chair

  • Ming Xu, University of Michigan

Conference Chair

  • Jian Zuo, The University of Adelaide

Local Organizing Committee

  • Ehsan Sharifi, University of Adelaide (Program Chair)
  • Si Chen, University of Adelaide
  • Indra Gunawan, University of Adelaide
  • Alhassan Ibrahim, University of Adelaide
  • Martin Larbi, University of Adelaide
  • Huanyu Wu, University of Adelaide

Scientific Committee (updating)

  • César Porras Amores, Technical University of Madrid
  • Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky
  • Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo
  • Hua Cai, Purdue University
  • Hing Kai Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Ruidong Chang, Bond University
  • Lynette Cheah, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Wei-qiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Steven De Meester, Universiteit Gent
  • Xiangzheng Deng, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Sybil Derrible, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Matthew Eckelman, Northeastern University
  • Yingbin Feng, Western Sydney University
  • Indra Gunawan, University of Adelaide
  • Ankit Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Varanasi
  • Gang He, Stony Brook University
  • Jingke Hong, Chongqing University
  • Mark S.C. Hsu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Mo Kim Hung, University of Malaya
  • Monzur Imteaz, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Chunlu Liu, Deakin University
  • Carlo Ingrao, Kore University of Enna
  • Ramzy Kahhat, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Vikas Khanna, University of Pittsburgh
  • Junbeum Kim, Université de Technologie de Troyes
  • Su Shiung Lam, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Seung-Jin Lee, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Wengui Li, University of Technology Sydney
  • Sai Liang, Beijing Normal University
  • Gang Liu, University of Southern Denmark
  • Wilson W.S. Lu, The University of Hong Kong
  • Yujie Lu, National University of Singapore
  • Rebeka Kovačič Lukman, University of Maribor
  • Tengku Nur Azila binti Raja Mamat, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Panate Manomaivibool, Mae Fah Luang University
  • Rui Cunha Marques, University of Lisbon
  • Rubhera Ram Mato, Ardhi University
  • Dong Mu, Beijing Jiao Tong University
  • Ehsan Sharifi, University of Adelaide
  • Veronnica Soebarto, University of Adelaide
  • Zhifu Mi, University College London
  • Sergio Pacca, University of São Paulo
  • Wei Pan, University of Hong Kong
  • Stefan Pauliuk, University of Freiburg
  • Arkadiusz Piwowar, Wroclaw University of Economics
  • Krishna Prapoorna, India Institute of Technology Tirupati
  • Shen Qu, University of Michigan
  • Rameez Rameezdeen, University of South Australia
  • Rafael Santos, University of Guelph
  • Frank Schultmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Lei Shi, Tsinghua University
  • Kyo Suh, Seoul National University
  • Vivian W.Y. Tam, Western Sydney University
  • Kim Hua Tan, Nottingham University
  • Raymond Tan, De La Salle University
  • Yongtao Tan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Atsushi Terazono, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • Wellington Thwala, University of Johannesburg
  • Jinping Tian, Tsinghua University
  • Timothy Townsend, University of Florida
  • Heming Wang, Northeastern University, China
  • Kua Harn Wei, National University of Singapore
  • Yufeng Wu, Beijing University of Technology
  • Beidou Xi, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science
  • Bo Xia, Queensland University of Technology
  • Gui Ye, Chongqing University
  • Kunhui Ye, Chongqing University
  • Daniel Yeh, University of South Florida
  • Steven Young, University of Waterloo
  • William Young, University of Leeds
  • Chris Yuan, Case Western Reserve University
  • Hongping Yuan, Guangzhou University
  • Xueliang Yuan, Shandong University
  • Xianlai Zeng, Tsinghua University
  • Hongliang Zhang, Louisiana State University
  • Jingxiao Zhang, Chang'an University
  • Lixiao Zhang, Beijing Normal University
  • Xiaoling Zhang, City University of Hong Kong
  • Fu Zhao, Purdue University

Registration Information

Registration Fees

  • Early-bird rates (on or before March 15, 2019)
    • Non-student: $600 USD
    • Student: $450 USD
  • Regular rates (after March 15, 2019)
    • Non-student: $700 USD
    • Student: $550 USD

To register, please visit

Travel Grant for US-based Early Career Researchers

In an effort to increase the participation of for US-based early career researchers in the icRS Cities 2019 conference, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a number of travel assistantships (up to $2,000 for each awardee for eligible expenses including registration fee, travel, and accommodation) to students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty.


Applicants must be US-based students, postdoctoral researchers, or untenured faculty members. The awardees will be selected from the pool of eligible applicants in such a way that the diversity of the participants is ensured.


To apply, please submit the following documents to by 4/26/2019:

  • A CV including publications no more than 2 pages, clearly indicating the eligibility of the applicant (student, postdoctoral researcher, or untenured faculty), and
  • Presentation information at icRS Cities 2019
    • Title and abstract ID if your presentation has already been accepted
    • Title, author information, and 500-word abstract if you haven’t submitted an abstract. The Scientific Committee will review your abstract. Your award application will be considered if the Scientific Committee accepts your abstract.

Supporting Journals

These journals will support icRS 2018 by inviting selected conference presentations to submit for special issues.

Abstract Submission for Conference Proceedings

All authors who will present at the conference (either oral or poster) are asked to submit their abstracts to SSRN for the conference proceedings before June 24, 2019.

The SSRN submission link has been shared with presenting authors via email.

Detailed instructions on how to submit your abstract for the conference proceedings can be found here.

The proceedings will be posted on SSRN with a dedicated link:

Full Paper Submission

Editors from supporting journals will evaluate both oral and poster presentations during the conference and invite selected presentations to submit full papers either for a special issue or as a regular submission, at the editors' discretion.

Authors of presentations that are not selected by supporting journals will have the option to submit full papers to the conference proceedings which will be published by SSRN. Logos of SSRN and Elsevier will be shown on the proceedings cover.

Instructions for preparation of full papers for the conference proceedings:

  • If your full paper is published in the conference proceedings, it cannot be considered for special issues of journals; and vice versa.
  • You agree to review two full papers when you submit your own full paper(s).
  • Full papers should be prepared based on the template provided (MS Word; EndNote).
  • 5,000 words max including references. Each diagram or table is considered as 300 words which count towards the 5,000 word limit.
  • The SSRN submission link has been shared with presenting authors via email.
  • Detailed instructions on how to submit your abstract for the conference proceedings can be found here.
  • If you have uploaded your abstract for the conference proceedings, you can come back and upload the full paper at a later date.
  • Timeline:
    • October 1, 2019: Submission of full papers by authors
    • December 31, 2019: Feedback to be provided to authors
    • February 1, 2020: Submission of camera-ready version by authors
    • March 1, 2020: Proceedings published

Oral Presentation Instructions

Presenting authors are encouraged to turn up well before their session begins (at least 15 min earlier) to meet the session chair and other presenters. All session rooms are equipped with computers, data projectors, microphones and wireless internet access. Please contact us before 4pm June 26 (ACST) if you require additional equipment. The provision of additional equipment will be determined by the technical team. Please make sure to upload and verify a copy of your presentation file ahead of your scheduled session time. The file should be saved under your surname and the date of presentation (e.g. SURNAME_02/07/19). There will be session volunteers to provide guidance and technical support.

The preferred format of presentations is Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT). MAC users are advised to convert their presentations to Microsoft PowerPoint or export them as PDF files. The standard format of the projectors in the session rooms is 16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen). Please alter your slide size accordingly (see image below). Oral presentation will be 12 minutes in length and 3 minutes for Q&A. Please observe the time limits to avoid delay.

Poster Presentation Instructions

Authors presenting a poster at the conference are responsible for printing and bring the poster to the conference. The conference organization does not provide on-site printing service.

Poster presenters will be provided with a poster board to display their posters. Posters can be set up from 11am until 5pm on Monday July 01, 2019. They must be removed before 5pm on Tuesday July 02, 2019. You can identify your allocated board by looking for the poster board marked with your abstract number. The maximum poster size is A0 size: 841 mm (width) x 1189 mm (length). The preferred poster orientation is portrait. The design and layout of the poster is at the discretion of the presenter. However, the poster should be clear enough and legible from a distance of 2 meters.


All presenters are requested to report to the registration desk at the foyer of the Braggs Lecture Theatre on arrival. Registration will be opened on June 30, 2019 (from 1pm to 5pm), July 01, 2019 (from 8am), and July 02, 2019 (from 8am). Please approach the registration desk for assistance if you cannot locate your session room. The location of the Braggs Building can be found on the map below.

Conference Program

Detailed Program

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Prof. Bai is a professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian Nationa University (ANU). Prio to ANU, she was a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, visiting professor at Yale University, and senior researcher at environmental research institutes in Japan. She is an Adjunct Professor at Beijing Normal University. Professor Bai's research focuses on several frontiers of urban sustainability science and policy, including drivers and consequence of urbanization, structure, function, processes, and evolution of urban socio-ecological systems, urban metabolism, urban sustainability experiments and transition, cities and climate change, and urban environmental policy and governance. Professor Bai authored/co-authored over 100 publications, including several in Nature and Science. She served as a Lead Author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Global Energy Assessment, and is a Lead Author for IPBES Global Assessment and IPCC AR6. Professor Bai servied as an inaugural member of the Science Committee of Future Earth where she ha been leading the development of the Urban Knowledge-Action Network, and a Council member of International Society of Industrial Ecology. She served as the Vice Chair of the Science Committee of the International Human Dimensional Program for Global Environmental Change (IHDP); Science Steering Committee of IHDP Industrial Transformation Core Project; and Steering Committee of US National Academies Sustainable Cities Initiative. She served on the European Research Council assessment panels for Consolidator and Advanced grants, and is a member of Global LafargeHolcim Award Jury for 2018. She is a Deputy Editor of Global Sustainability, and serves on the Editorial Board of Current Opinion; Environment; Computer, Environment and Urban Systems; Ecosystem Health and Sustainability; Urbanization; International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society. She was elected a Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2017, and was the Volvo Environment Prize Laureate in 2018.

Prof. Horne is Professor of Geography and focuses on social and policy change to support sustainable urban development, housing and households. The spatial, material and contingent social and policy structures at play are the main focus of his work on both the making and shaping of urban environments. He is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, and Director of the Cities Programme, the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.

Prof. Klemeš is the Head of “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno, Czech Republic and Emeritus Professor at “Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability”, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. He was the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was the founder and a long-term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. He was awarded by the EC with Marie Curie Chair of Excellence (EXC) with a track record of managing and coordinating 93 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 31 M€. He serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production, Subject Editor of Energy and Emeritus Executive Editor of Applied Thermal Engineering. He is the founder and President for 22 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences, seven years Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE (European Federation of Chemical Engineering), a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He has been awarded by the Web of Science and Publons a Highly Cited Researcher, Top Peer Reviewer and Top Handling Editor. He authored and co-authored more than 500 papers, h-index in Google Scholar 53, in Scopus without self-reference 47. His Publons profile (a branch of Web of Science) shows 1,175 reviews for 85 scientific journals and 3,390 Editors Merits for 18 Editorial boards.

Prof. London is Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation at Western Sydney University where she is also Deputy Dean of School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. She was the first female chair in construction management in Australia. She has an international research reputation and is a considered a leader in construction supply chain theory and practice. Her work focusses on adoption of innovative technologies. She is also well known for conducting research that crossing discipline boundaries and has led numerous nationally competitive grants and initiatives towards this end. She has published more than 160 peer reviewed publications, won over $4.0M and supervised 11 PhD students since 2003. She has given various international keynotes at both industry and academic conferences. She currently is a Chief Investigator on five ARC grants. Dr. London is Chair of the NFP Australasian Lean Construction Institute professional association. She has held numerous leadership positions in academia. She held Ministerial appointments on the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council as well as the NSW Architects Registration Board. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Deans built Environment and Design Council. She is a Fellow and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Australasia. She is a founding member of the Australian Housing Supply Chain Alliance.

Dr. Schandl is a senior principal scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, based in Canberra, Australia where he leads the social systems research group and research on sustainable use of natural resources. His research links social theory, social metabolism and public policy to explore pathways for sustainable consumption and production and green economy based on measuring and modelling sustainability, and policy analysis. He has extensive experience in project leadership and in providing research that informs public policy in the domain of sustainable natural resource use and sustainable development with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. He is a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel and has been a consultant for the OECD, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Currently he serves as the President of the International Society of Industrial Ecology.

Prof. Shen joined Chongqing University of China in late 2012 as a distinguished professor in the Faculty of Construction Management and Real Estate. He is Director of International Research Centre for Sustainable Built Environment in Chongqing University. Professor Shen used to work for the Department of Building and Real Estate in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 1992 to 2012, as University Lecturer (1993), Assistant Professor (1995), Associate Professor (1998) and Professor (2002). Professor Shen received his first class BSc (1982) in Mechanical Engineering in Construction from Chongqing University, PgD (1984) in Management Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in China, and his PhD (1990) in Construction Management from University of Reading of UK. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Reading for 1990-1991, and demonstrator in Hong Kong University for 1991-1992. Shen’s major research interests are in the areas of Sustainable Built Environment; Risk Management for Built Environment; and Competitiveness for Construction and Real Estate Business. Shen has published research works widely in international journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Construction Management which is published by the international publisher Taylor & Francis. He is the Founding President of the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management (CRIOCM). Shen has a number of external appointments in the capacity of Honorary Professor and Visiting Professor.

Prof. Tam is the Associate Dean (International) at School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. She has also nominated as College of Expect, Australian Research Council (ARC). She received her Ph.D. in sustainable construction from the Department of Building and Construction at City University of Hong Kong in 2005. Her research interests are in the areas of environmental management in construction and sustainable development. She is currently the Editor of Construction and Building Materials and International Journal of Construction Management. She has published over 3 books, 19 book chapters, 236 referred journal articles and 136 referred conference articles. She has been awarded forty research grants (totalled $7.55 million), including two ARC Discovery Projects.

Editor Panel

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 6.395)
Brno University of Technology
The University of Hong Kong
Editorial Board Member, Building Research & Information (IF 3.744)
University of South Australia
Clemson University
Associate Editor, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (IF 1.984)
Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati
Western Sydney University
Editor-in-Chief, Resources, Conservation & Recycling (IF 7.044)
University of Michigan
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Sustainable Earth
City University of Hong Kong
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Green Building (ESCI, Scopus)
The University of Adelaide


The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide—a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities—stands tall among the world’s leading institutions of learning and innovation by every measure.

The clearest indication of this is the consistently high rating by the most respected international assessment bodies: QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). All consider the University one of the top 1% of universities worldwide.



Conference Venue

The University of Adelaide's North Terrace campus is located in the cultural heart of the CBD (5 minutes from tram and bus stops, 10 minutes from Adelaide Railway Station). The North Terrace campus lies adjacent to many of South Australia's major arts and cultural institutions, including the State Library of South Australia, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Zoo.

As well as being the main site for teaching and research facilities, the North Terrace campus is home to the student hub and Barr Smith Library. You'll find central services such as disability support, health and counselling, accommodation services and Ask Adelaide. There are also amenities including ATMs, post office, student co-op and campus general store. If you are hungry there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, sit down and relax, or get some extra study in.

Dinner Venue

Adelaide Oval is a sports ground in Adelaide, South Australia, located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. The venue is predominantly used for cricket and Australian rules football, but has also played host to rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis among other sports as well as regularly being used to hold concerts.

Adelaide Oval is one of the most picturesque sporting grounds in the world! It has long provided the perfect location to host private functions and events. As one of South Australia’s most impressive venues – boasting picturesque views of the hallowed turf, the city, St Peter’s Cathedral and more – it provides a unique setting to entertain clients, celebrate milestones or network in style.

About Adelaide

Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city or soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches. Join the party at our immersive festivals and events or spend the night exploring Adelaide attractions and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. Adelaide is a gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country and is dotted with historic buildings, lush parklands and sprawling botanic gardens.

Weather in July

Temperatures in South Australia in July hover around 17°C, although July is in winter. Check Adelaide weather forecast from Bureau of Meteorology:

Wine Experience

Adelaide has been recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World – a network of nine major global cities that share a common feature: their internationally renowned wine regions. With 200 stunning cellar doors only a short drive away from the city centre and 18 world-renowned wine regions nearby, it’s no surprise why.

Places to Visit

Additional Information about Adelaide

Travel, Accommodation and Visa

International Flights to Adelaide

Domestic Flights to Adelaide

Public Transport with Adelaide Metro

Choose from trains, trams and buses with Adelaide Metro:

A tram ride through the city’s centre is free and will take you between the South Terrace tram stop and the Entertainment Centre at Hindmarsh.

Explore with the free City Connector Loop-Bus which runs frequently until about 6pm each day and Fridays until 9pm seven days a weeks.


Thanks to Adelaide Convention Bureau, the following hotels will offer special rates for conference attendees:


Please check visa options from Department of Home Affairs:

Visa invitation letter will be available after you complete the online registration. When registering, you will be asked for information to prepare your visa invitation letter. You can download the letter from the online registration system once your registration is complete.