We acknowledge the Bedegal People of the Dharug Nation, as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of the place we now call Kensington. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past, present and emerging, and thank them and their communities who have shared and practiced their teachings of this landscape. We also acknowledge Aboriginal sovereignty has not been ceded.

We would like to extend this acknowledgement to First Nation colleagues who join us for the APRU SCL conference.

We engage with cross-disciplinary experts, government officials and non-governmental organizations to consider cities in the context of their many landscape interdependencies, including services, networks and systems within and beyond the urban periphery.


The Hub harnesses the breadth of experiences and socio-ecological contexts across the Pacific Rim to compare existing practices and models of city-landscape interactions, and to initiate solutions and policy interventions to make entire city-landscape complexes more sustainable.


The conference is an exciting opportunity for researchers and experts from different regions, cultures, and disciplines to collaborate on common sustainability challenges within the structure of small working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues central to sustainability initiatives. To maintain the intimacy and focus of small group workshops, registration is limited and requires approval by working group leaders via a short statement of background and interests related to the working group topic of your choice. The select working groups in the following research areas, include:

  • Infrastructural ecologies

  • Urban renewable energy

  • Smart cities

  • Sustainable urban design

  • Urban-rural linkages

  • Transitions in urban waterfronts

  • Vulnerable communities

  • Landscape and human health

  • Urban biodiversity

  • Food and nutrition security

  • Water and wastewater

More Information:
See the outline of each working group here.
See the preliminary conference program here.

All photography provided by Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard



The Association of Pacific Rim Universities APRU is the only network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. APRU is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

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APRU 2018 Annual Report