The 2020 International Conference on Built Environment

August 17, 2020 – August 19, 2020

Call for Papers

Despite being the least urbanized, Africa is the continent witnessing the most radical changes of its built environment. While only 40% of the population is urban, most countries in the continent are experiencing an enormous pressure on the land and other resources. This by and large is a result of high birth rates and sustained migration from rural to urban areas. In most African countries, rates of economic growth and development of infrastructure services have lagged far behind urbanization rates leading to huge back logs in basic public services delivery. Climate change and variability related hazards have further compounded the problem. Protracted land conflicts; increasing poverty and inequalities; widespread informality and unregulated transformation of urban forms; environmental disasters, and limited innovation and impact research has had underline sustainability challenges faced by most Sub-Sahara African countries in rural and urban areas. Despite the social, economic and environmental measures and actions hitherto taken to address these concerns; the challenges have persisted and intensified.


Call for abstracts 12th February, 2020
Deadline for submission of abstracts 22nd May, 2020
Feedback on abstracts to authors 15th June, 2020
Submission of papers 31st July, 2020
Feedback on papers August, 2020

The theme of the conference is interdisciplinary in nature and deliberately broad to attract and capture a wide range of disciplinary areas and stakeholders including academic researchers, top policy makers and other stakeholders from within Africa and outside the region.

The conference will be held from August 2020 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; under the theme: “Pursuing Knowledge Frontiers on Land and Climate Change Adaptation for Sustainable Development"

Main Conference Themes
  1. Land, Investments and Conflicts
  2. Informality, Livelihoods and Urban Form
  3. Climate Change Adaptation
  4. Municipal Services Delivery
  5. The Rural-Urban Divide
  6. Finance and Governance
The 2020 International Conference on Built Environment which is being organized by Ardhi University will bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers who will present and share ground breaking research findings and ideas through inter-disciplinary exchanges, that directly inform policies, practice and theory.

Authors are kindly invited to submit abstracts for papers, full papers and posters.
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Conference Information