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Call for Papers – Session ‘Local and Urban Governance …’

January 12

Call for Papers

Session ‘Local and Urban Governance …’

35th International Geographical Congress

Dublin, Ireland, August 24-30 2024

IGU Commission: Geography of Governance (C.15)



Session organizer & Chair: Carlos Nunes Silva, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal


Session track:  Commission Geography of Governance


Session abstract: Local government is of prime importance for the sustainability and resilience of cities and other human settlements. Hence, the study of local governance has been central in the study of cities and other human settlements in the last decades. And in doing so, geographers have been confronted with a world of difference, in the problems with which cities and other settlements are confronted, but also in way they have been governed. This pattern of difference, in the problems and in the responses of local government, has been painted in the 21st century by new challenges, including those associated with the response of local government to emergencies, such as the pandemic, to climate change, to sea-land interface and marine areas, among others. The session aims to explore the changes, challenges, and innovations, both institutional and social, confronting, in different ways, the governance of cities and other human settlements worldwide.  We invite abstracts that concern various aspects of local government institutional reforms and governance transformations, particularly those concerned with the new challenges of the 21st century.


Papers submitted to this Session can be focused, but not limited, to the following themes or issues:

  • Institutional reforms in local governance
  • Centralization and decentralization trends
  • Governance and spatial planning
  • The responses of local governance to the global climate emergency
  • Local governance and planning of coastal and maritime areas
  • Local governance and the post-pandemic


This session is sponsored by the IGU Commission on Geography of Governance.

The call for papers is open and will close on 12 January 2024.

Submit your abstract, here: https://igc2024dublin.org/call-for-abstracts/

Congress web: https://igc2024dublin.org/

Contact: Carlos Nunes Silva, U. Lisbon, Portugal (e-mail: cs@edu.ulisboa.pt)


The IGU Commission Geography of Governance’ 2024 Annual Conference takes place on Maynooth University, in the two days before the opening of the IGU 35th Geographical Congress, on 24 of August evening, in Dublin.


Maynooth town is in close proximity to Dublin with commuter services running around the clock (~ 30 mn by train or bus). For information and CFP, see here: https://sites.google.com/view/geogov2024/home


We welcome contributions to this Session of the 35th IGC Congress in Dublin and to the 2024 Annual Conference of the IGU Commission on Geography of Governance in Maynooth (30 mn from Dublin).


January 12
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