2024 Cork -Annual Conference IGU Urban Geography Commission


IGU Urban Geography Commission Annual Conference

21st to 23rd August 2024

The Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU-UGI) in collaboration with the University College Cork, Ireland (UCC) are pleased to invite you to its 2024 Annual Conference.

IGU Urban Geography Commission Annual Conference21st to 23rd August 2024

The conference will take place in the week prior to the IGU’s 2024 Main Conference, starting on the 24th August 2024 in Dublin, Ireland.


C20.42 – Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU-UGI): (Re-)Thinking Cities and The Urban: From the Global to the Local, 

Department of Geography, University College Cork, Ireland


Department of Geography, O’Donovan’s Road, University College, Cork.



It is widely accepted that societies are currently confronted with multiple crises. This applies to city regions as well, where recent challenges such as the pandemic or rising energy prices add to ongoing problems caused by the scarcity of housing, social inequality, or longer-term issues such as climate change. Governments and city-leaders are increasingly asked to resolve acute problems, while simultaneously trying to deal with such long-term challenges. This leaves the institutions in charge with a profound dilemma: first, policies considered to be sufficiently ‘integrated’ (spatially, cross-sectoral) suffer from their inherent complexities; second, established practice hardly fits with the very temporalities of these challenges. While it seems common sense that a simple return to pre-pandemic conditions (the ‘old normal’) might be unlikely, it remains open what the ‘new normal’ in this respect could be, and how cities and regions could get there.

We call upon both established and early-career researchers working in geography and related (inter-)disciplinary contexts to send in their abstracts. These are invited to relate to the five key domains of the current Mandate of the IGU-Urban Commission mentioned below, but do not necessarily have to be confined to them.

Topics of the conference:
  1. Cities as driver of, and driven by, transformational change
  2. Cities, urban systems and nation states
  3. Urban areas under pressure of transformation
  4. Climate change, resilience, urban health and well-being
  5. Governance, institutions, urban policy



Extended abstracts must be written within the template provided and sent  before 15th February, 2024.

For researchers who wish to apply for the Early Career Researcher Award, the deadline for submission of abstracts is also 15th February, 2024. The template is the same. For more information about the competition and the rules, please visit the section Paper Competition 2024: https://www.igu-urban.org/emerging-scholars-committee/

Abstracts should be sent to Therese Kenna: t.kenna@ucc.ie

Key dates:

Conference dates: 21st 23rd August 2024

Deadline for abstracts: 15th February 2024

Acceptance of abstracts/notification of authors: 15th April 2024 at latest

Opening of Registration & Payment: 15th April 2024

Deadline for Registration: 31st May 2024


Please, access the registration through this link:


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  • EUR 300. This amount includes daily lunches, coffee breaks between sessions, opening reception.
Additional costs:
  • Conference dinner/tapas. Details will be posted in due course.
  • Independent travel to Dublin

Transfer to Dublin (for IGC2024)

Bookings to be made independently to suit attendees.


 For information for the fees and the abstracts submission:

Therese Kenna: t.kenna@ucc.ie

María Jose Piñeira Mantiñán: mariajose.pineira@usc.es


  • Therese Kenna, Department of Geography, University College Cork.
  • Denis Linehan, Department of Geography, University College Cork.
  • Liam Coakley, Department of Geography, University College Cork.
  • Maedhbh Nic Lochlainn, Department of Geography, University College Cork.
  • María José Piñeira, University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Markus Hesse, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Javier Delgado Campos, Professor, UNAM, Mexico


  • María José Piñeira, University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Markus Hesse, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Javier Delgado Campos, UNAM, Mexico
  • Céline Rozenblat, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Natacha Aveline-Dubach, Research director CNRS-Paris, France 
  • Dani Broitman, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Hermanus Geyer Jr., University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Maria Gunko, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Niamh Moore, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Julio Pedrassoli, University Federal Salvador de Bahia, Brazil 
  • Jun Tsutsumi, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Ludger Basten, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
  • Marcela Dametto, University of Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • Manuel Suarez, UNAM, Mexico
  • Ivan Townshend, University of Lethbridge, Canada 
  • Jun Yamashita, University of Kyushu, Japan
  • Suhong Zhou, Sun Yat-Sen University, China