ARCS 4.0

4th Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCS)

7th - 8th February 2020, Xavier University Bhubaneswar


ARC Summit is an annual Conference by the Xavier School of Human Settlements, for sharing of research and experience on planning and management of human settlements and urbanization in India.Current understandings of the conditions of cities, towns and peripheries, and their functioning and development processes are very limited and partial, presenting a key challenge for effective intervention. The aim of the ARCS 4.0 is to stimulate creation and facilitate exchange of knowledge on the development of safe, sustainable and just settlements. The aim is being fulfilled by bringing together academics, professionals, students and policy makers to share their research and experience.

Invitation to Contribute:

Persons involved in study, research, teaching, practice and consulting for development of livable and sustainable settlements are invited to contribute papers / presentations (conceptual, empirical, theoretical and practical work). Industry professionals are particularly encouraged to present their project documentation, innovations and case reports. Reflections on experiences, implementation challenges and good practices are welcome. Students may present their Master’s / Ph.D thesis. The timeline for submissions and registration is given on the tab ‘deadline’.

Call for Papers:

Xavier School of Human Settlements, in association with knowledge partner UN Habitat India, will be hosting the Fourth Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCS 4.0) on 7-8 February 2020, at the Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) campus. This year, the conference will revolve around the theme of People-Centric Prosperous Cities – Plans, Programs and Policies.

The conference aims to explore and deepen the meanings of people friendliness and city prosperity in urban governance, management and planning. the conference will seek to tease out crucial questions and answers about the contemporary processes of urban transformation in the developing countries.

The question people-centeredness seeks to bring the ‘people’ element back to the city as a lens through which citizens are not just considered as a passive force adapting them to the city, but through which the city is shaped by the people. Again, the question of urban prosperity is explored beyond the material wealth.

Here at ARCS 4.0 we are particularly interested to explore how tensions, contradictions and collaborations over these issues frame debates in the broad thematic areas noted below. We are particularly interested in papers which unpack the urban complexities through the processes of localization of global frameworks and national missions.

Abstracts should be submitted to " " in an editable word format within 150 - 200 words.

Call for Poster:

A poster competition is organized to encourage the participation of undergraduate students in the process of making our cities for people. Submit any project or idea to turn the existing facility in an urban context into more people-friendly. The maximum poster size will be A0(Portrait) or a maximum of two A1 size landscape sheets.
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  1. Infrastructure networks and delivery patterns
  2. Land and Livelihood for Urban Informal Sector
  3. Environmental Risks and Resilience
  4. Solid Waste Management
  5. City and the regional settings