The 4th Asian Conference on Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities – Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2019 in Hiroshima, Japan »

Welcome to UP-City 2019

Welcome to the 4th Asian Conference on Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2019 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. UP-City 2019 is being held in partnership with the 5th International Conference on Advancing the Life Sciences and Public Health Awareness (ALPHA 2019) and the 4th Asian Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH 2019).

UP-City 2019 will be held in late March, when the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. It is also an excellent season for travel in Hiroshima with comfortable weather and ideal for visiting sites around Hiroshima, including its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and the Shrine Island of Miyajima (Itsukushima).

Please note that this is a small, international, peer-reviewed event with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About UP-City 2019

As the world’s population becomes predominantly urban, academics and practitioners are challenged to find sustainable solutions to increasingly complex urban problems. Sustainable cities require a balance between environmental protection and economic development ensuring equitable outcomes. Achieving such a delicate balance requires tackling complex urban problems that may lead to unsustainable development paths.

Understanding today’s complex urban problems requires a variety of theoretical frameworks and methods. The Asian region has traditionally looked at urban planning problems from an intra-disciplinary quantitative perspective. The conference welcomes innovative technical approaches, but also encourages diverse views and analysis procedures, including qualitative and mixed methods. We seek to create a learning environment where participants can share their research and discuss trans-disciplinary ideas to propose solutions to today’s increasingly complex urban problems. The theme of UP-City 2019 is Together for a Sustainable Tomorrow.

Final proposals of 250 words in English are due by Friday, March 8, 2019. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

UP-City 2019 Submission Application Form
UP-City 2019 Tracks include:

Diversity and Justice

Topics on the Diversity and Justice track may include, but are not limited to, immigration issues, conflict, compromise and negotiation, methods for citizen participation, urban displacement, and gentrification.

Climate Change and Hazard Mitigation

Topics on the Change and Hazard Mitigation track may include, but are not limited to, modeling and planning for physical impacts of climate change, adaptation of infrastructure and institutions, GHG emissions adaptation, public risk perceptions, and disaster resilience.

Economic Development

Topics on the Economic Development track may include, but are not limited to, creative cities, cultural revival efforts, community development, industrial redevelopment, incentive structures and development strategies.

Environmental Management and Green Infrastructure

Topics on the Environmental Management and Green Infrastructure track may include, but are not limited to, ecosystem services, community food access, urban agriculture, environmental externalities of development, environmental justice, drivers and disparities in health outcomes and food access, and making livable and healthy communities.


Topics on the Housing track may include, but are not limited to, neighborhood dynamics, design considerations, housing need and vulnerability, affordable housing, informal housing, including resilience and tenure security, and recent trends in housing preferences.

Transportation and Development

Topics on the Transportation and Development Track may include, but are not limited to, transit, walk-ability, bicycle and pedestrian planning, mobility for vulnerable populations, equity issues, and infrastructure design.

UP-City 2019 Special Topics
We also welcome submissions related to any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and also proposals for our conference overarching theme of Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities.


UP-City 2018 Submission Guidelines

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Program Committee

Review Chair
Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, College of Community Innovation and Education, School of Public Planning, Central Florida University, USA

Dr. Luis E. Santiago is associate professor at University of Central Florida School of Public Administration. He served as professor at the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Planning. Dr. Santiago holds a doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University and conducted postdoctoral work at Rutgers University. His interest in the role of ecosystem services in planning has led him to participate as co-principal investigator in the NASA Puerto Rico Human Impacts of Coastal Ecosystems and the NSF San Juan Urban Long-Term Research Area-Exploratory projects, among other research efforts.

Planning has always been a field of study that values integration of knowledge. Dr. Santiago’s research agenda has been one based on strengthening inter-disciplinary links to advance planning theory and methods by examining them from a broader social-ecological context. From a planning knowledge perspective, his efforts have included exploring ecosystem services as an alternative planning and management analytical framework, and examining the institutional context in which such a framework can facilitate resource management and broader stakeholder participation.

Takayuki YamadaOrganizing Committee Chairperson
Takayuki Yamada
INTESDA Chairperson

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordProgram Director
Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.


  • Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Thirayu Meererksom, M.B.A., Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D., Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand
  • Khaled K. Al Dossari, M.D., Vice Dean for Quality & Development, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Vorapoj Promasatayaprot, Ph.D. (Health System Development), Faculty of Public Health, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
  • Jun Norkaew, Ph.D.,  Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand