6b. Nexus Relations and Dynamics

Track chairs:

Antonio Bento. Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, USA. abento@price.usc.edu

Mária Szalmáné Csete. Department of Environmental Economics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary. csete@eik.bme.hu

Goals and objectives of the track:

Sustaining resources for the future means for urban and rural development contributing to long lasting interactions between societal stakeholders and their environments. These interactions are based on responsive planning and design of settlements and infrastructure, and managing resource use with social cohesion, work opportunities and cultural harmony. Besides the discussion of key concepts, methods and applications of rural-urban nexus and dynamics, the goal of this track is to approach lessons learned from both conceptual reflections as well as high-tech and low-tech researches and projects. Contributions will allow to identify opportunities and constraints and to discuss options for urban-rural relationships to advance sustainability.

Contributions from the followings areas are sought-after:

  1. Conceptual dimensions of rural and urban nexus.
  2. Planning and practice of urban-rural exchange related to land use, water, energy, transport and waste management.
  3. Eco-city and- settlement planning for the urban-rural nexus.
  4. Political, social, and organizational conditions and boundaries for urban and rural connectivity.
  5. Social impacts of urban-rural dynamics in work, health and education.
  6. Local Green Growth and participation of indigenous communities as perspectives for interrelated rural and urban development.

Track outcomes:

The main outcome of this track is to share knowledge and experiences on possibilities and challenges of rural-regional-urban collaborations and dynamics towards sustainable societies. Further, we invite researchers, decision-makers and practitioners to address critical issues on sustainable urban and rural (development) nexus at local, regional and national levels.