Apologies for cross-posting. This is a reminder that abstracts are due 
tomorrow, Friday, October 14, 2016.
Please send a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words conforming to the 
requirements of the AAG (see 
http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers/abstract_guidelines) to 
John Bryson (j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk<mailto:j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk>) and Vida 
Vanchan (vanc...@buffalostate.edu<mailto:vanc...@buffalostate.edu>).

Session Title: Interdependent Challenges and Urban Living: Managing Complex 
Sponsored by the Economic Geography Specialty Group
American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 5-9, 2017, 
Boston, USA.

Session Organizers: John Bryson (University of Birmingham, UK), Alistair Boxall 
(University of York, UK), Paul Chatterton (University of Leeds, UK),   Mark 
Tewdwr-Jones (Newcastle University, UK), Colin Taylor, (University of Bristol, 
UK ); Jon Coaffee (University of Warwick, UK), and Vida Vanchan (SUNY Buffalo 
State, US)

Cities disproportionately contribute to innovation, creativity and economic 
activity. To succeed, city governments, businesses and social enterprises have 
to create economic activity, high quality infrastructure and quality of life in 
the context of a need to reduce environmental footprints and also to increase 
density. Cities must also meet the needs and aspirations of changing urban 
populations - from aging cities to diverse cities. Cities are increasingly 
being viewed as systems of systems that are based on many previous 
technological and financing decisions that are layered on top of one another 
and are also interdependent. These incremental decisions are made by city 
governments, organizations, individuals and households and often lead to path 
dependency, and difficulties for the governance of cities. The research and 
policy questions that result from this complexity revolve around identifying 
and understanding the diverse and interdependent challenges faced by many 
cities. There is a need for research to cut across policy, organizational and 
disciplinary silos to develop new or alternative ways of understanding cities 
that lead to better outcomes for people.

This session calls for papers that explore the complexity of urban living and 
the challenges faced by cities of all types. Each city has its own history, 
industrial and cultural heritage, geography, connectivity, diversity of 
communities, public services and soft and hard infrastructures. Each of these 
areas is a distinct research field in its own right, but many of the challenges 
facing cities around the world crossover these silos.

In this session we invite papers that explore urban areas with a focus on 
diagnosing and understanding the complexity of cities and the interdependent 
challenges that they face. We are interested in papers that explore cities in 
different national settings and cities that are facing many different types of 
challenges. Papers that explore the effectiveness of more integrated approaches 
to policy are welcome. Some of the key issues to consider include:

*       Urban Living
*       Studies of individual cities.
*       Interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary research.
*       Papers that explore specific soft or hard systems including those that 
are engineered.
*       Papers that explore the interactions between the social, economic and 
environmental aspects of city living.
*       Cities and the natural environment.
*       Urban economies and urban living.
*       Research that focuses on diagnosing challenges that impact on the 
quality of urban living.
*       Research that focuses on individuals and households and the 
construction and experience of urban living.
*       Aging cities, young cities, diverse cities.
*       Cities and Connectivity.
*       Cities, Art and Culture.
*       Urban Complexity.
*       Urban Economies.
If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a title and an 
abstract of no more than 250 words conforming to the requirements of the AAG 
(see http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers/abstract_guidelines) 
by Friday, October 14, 2016 to John Bryson 
(j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk<mailto:j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk>) and Vida Vanchan 

Dr. Vida Vanchan
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Southeast Asia Environment and Sustainable Development
Department of Geography and Planning
State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
Tel: 716-878-5209
E-mail: vanc...@buffalostate.edu<mailto:vanc...@buffalostate.edu>

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