Call for papers: Policy-related conference

The 2018 APPAM International Conference is travelling to Mexico City on July 19-20th and we’d love to see you there! APPAM conferences are unique opportunities to network and discuss research with colleagues and peers. The smaller size of the International Conference allows attendees to more actively share their insights and foster a strong collaborative environment.

The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, covers much more than large urban areas. The United Nations’ 2015 sustainable development agenda set goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México (ITAM) are jointly organizing the 2018 APPAM International Conference which will be hosted by the ITAM at its principal campus location in southwest Mexico City.

Located in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, the 2018 conference theme is: Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, and it comes some 18 months after the 2016 bi-decennial UN-Habitat III conference in Quito and the adoption of the “New Urban Agenda” (NUA). The NUA presents a paradigm shift based on the science of cities and lays out standards and principles for the planning, construction, development, management, and improvement of urban areas along its five main pillars of implementation: national urban policies, urban legislation and regulations, urban planning and design, local economy and municipal finance, and local implementation. The NUA also incorporates the United Nations 2015 sustainable development agenda which sets goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, embodied in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs propose specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years and include: Poverty, Good Health and Wellbeing; Quality Education; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action, etc. For further details on the New Urban Agenda and SDGs and targets, please visit the Habitat III and United Nations websites.

Both the conference theme, and the venue of Mexico City offer an excellent opportunity for a wide range of session papers and posters presentations relating primarily to sustainability in cities, especially those related closely to the aforementioned NUA and the SDGs. Given the conference location in one of the world’s largest megacities we invite submissions with a metropolitan focus (albeit not exclusively so), with a “steer” towards larger cities, especially those with multi-jurisdictional governmental structures and governance challenges. Specifically, submissions are invited for sessions that focus upon, or intersect with tracks within the broad Policy Areas listed here.

We are soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, and (4) posters. Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be between 150 and 250 words; if a panel of papers is proposed there should be a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions for roundtables should be between 150 and 250 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions.

All submissions should be in English and completed no later than February 7, 2018.

Please submit your proposal to:

Call for papers: Gender and disaster studies

Pressing Pause on the gender agenda in disaster studies: Learning from critical gender and development studies (Paper Panel)


  • Dr. Jenna de Lopez (University of Manchester)
  • Dr. Gemma Sou (University of Manchester)


Inclusion of gender specific guidelines into disaster risk management policies is increasingly orthodox and normative. For instance, the Hyogo Framework for Action: 2015-2030 (United Nations 2015), explicitly aims to build the resilience of both women and men. This policy agenda has been shaped by an increasing amount of gender-focused research within disaster studies, which draws upon the history of gender inclusive frameworks in development (Enarson 1998, Drolet et al 2015, Gaillard et al 2017). This panel invites papers which draw on the well documented critiques of gender and development (GAD) (e.g. Chant 2008) that broadly argue a) women are essentialised, b) existing local gender equalities must be considered, and c) the experiences and needs of different genders must be sufficiently contextualised. The panel aims to explore what aspects of these critiques can contribute to the development of gender-centric frameworks in disaster studies and practice. We invite papers to consider pressing pause on the enthusiasm to include gender in disaster risk management, and to consider what has previously been learnt about gender through critical GAD studies, with the aim of avoiding the reproduction/reinforcement of gender inequalities in disaster contexts. We particularly welcome papers that utilise interdisciplinary approaches to thinking and research including (though not exclusive to): human geography; anthropology; development studies; sociology, and particularly those that draw from theories of the Global South.

Papers to be proposed directly through the conference website:

Best Wishes
Dr. Jenna Murray de López
Programme Director Humanitarian Conflict Response
Lecturer in Humanitarianism and Global Health
Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute,
C2.22 Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester,
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.