4 to 9 August 2019 – LUXEMBOURG


The urban geographies of the new economy, services industries and financial market places

The Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in collaboration with the Urban Studies team of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, is pleased to invite you to its 2019 Annual Conference, taking place on

the LUXEMBOURG University’s Campus Belval in Esch-sur-Alzette

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2019


Papers are invited to address the special topic ‘The urban geographies of the new economy, services industries and financial market places’. 

Our aim is to emphasise urban-regional development patterns and phenomena under the influence of economic change, digitalisation, multi-level governance and sustainability imperatives. Besides focusing on services and tech capitals as well as financial market places, this includes related processes that are shaping cities in most general terms.”

Besides, participants can submit individual papers, and/or proposals for panel sessions/roundtables, that are linked to the following thematic foci of the Urban Commission: 

  1. Complex urban systems and processes of cities’ transformation 
  2. Technological innovations, creative activities in cities 
  3. Innovative and smart building and transportation in cities 
  4. Polycentrism, small and medium-sized cities 
  5. Sustainable to resilient cities 
  6. Shrinking and aging cities 
  7. Urban governance, planning and participative democracy 
  8. Contested social spaces 
  9. Subjective/objective well-being in cities 
  10. Urban Heritage and Conservation 
  11. New concepts and methods in urban studies 

Abstracts (around 2-3 pages) should include the following elements: 

  • Theoretical background 
  • Research questions 
  • Methodology 
  • Results/findings 
  • Significant/general conclusions 

More detailed scientific and material information available on the commission website

Please submit your abstract following the recommendations indicated on the website. 


Only abstracts submitted via the platform will be accepted


Early career researchers are considered before PhD completion or within 5 years after.

The Commission provides grants to help defray the costs of young participation to the Conference. Please note that, due to limited availability of funds, the IGU Travel Grants provide only the contribution to registration. 

In selecting applicants to receive awards, preference will be given to young or emerging scholars, in particular to those from developing countries. Because the funds available for this awards program are extremely limited, all applicants will be required to find the balance of the costs of participation; applications for 100% support cannot be funded. Please note that full participation in the conference, including the closing ceremony, is required. 

The selection will be made according to an extended abstract of 5-6 pages (longer than the regular abstract). The application to the grant must be indicated in the registration form and in the beginning of the abstract form. The template of abstract is the same, but the abstract must be more consistent in order to better judge of the content.