DATE: 18TH  – 19TH  NOVEMBER, 2023



In the 21st century, challenges with global warming have attracted more attention to the climate. Building resilient cities calls for adopting the concept of “Smart Cities” that employ smart and green construction, energy efficiency, nearly-zero energy buildings, and the reduction of CO2 emissions. To ensure high quality urban development, smart cities also need to make efficient use of artificial intelligence in areas such as transportation, shopping, bill payments, and all other aspects of daily life and put in place welfare packages to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.
The China-Africa Urban Development Forum seeks to bring together experts from China, Africa, and the rest of the world to present research findings and share ideas on green, smart, Quality urban development.
The conference will be organized under the following sub-themes:

Sub- theme 1: Intelligent construction and high-quality urban development
Sustainable and resilient urban development
Urban resilience to natural disasters and pandemics
Robotics and automation in construction
Inclusive and accessible cities
Urban mobility and transportation
Smart city governance and policy
Cultural heritage preservation and historical landmarks
Legal and regulatory issues in technology adoption in urban development.

Sub-theme 2: Green and low-carbon and high-quality urban development
Climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban development
Climate-responsive urban spaces
Energy-efficient buildings and green architecture
Circular economy and urban waste management
Urban biodiversity conservation
Urban agriculture, green roofs and edible landscapes
Urban green finance and investment

Sub-theme 3: Artificial intelligence and high-quality urban development
AI technologies for sustainable urban development.
Technology integration and quality of urban life
AI for data-driven urban planning
AI applications for disaster prediction, response, and recovery in cities
Data privacy and security in AI-driven urban development

Sub-theme 4: Design planning and high-quality urban development.
Social equity and inclusivity in urban planning
Sustainable urban planning
Resilient and adaptable cities
Green and public spaces
Efficient public transportation systems
Slums upgrading and inner cities development
Sustainable design and green infrastructure for climate resilience

Sub-theme 5: Urban Development and Quality of Life.
Community engagement and inclusive urban development
Urban spaces design for improved health, safety, and mental well-being.
Environmental education and sustainable lifestyle choices
Green spaces and urban parks for improved urban living
livelihoods and urban development
Sustainable tourism and recreation in cities
socio-economic wellbeing and urban development

Important dates:
Submission Deadline for abstracts: 31st August, 2023
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 7th September 2023
Submission Deadline for full papers: 20th October 2023?
Arrival and Registration: 17th November 2023
Conference Date:18th-19th November 2023

We invite researchers in the broad area of urban studies i.e. Conservation, Planning, Geography, Architecture, Sociology, Health, Technology, Transportation, Tourism, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Agriculture, Anthropology, Economics and other urban-related fields to present and discuss new research findings and other perspectives on urban studies.

Paper requirements:
Abstracts should not be more than 500 words.
All abstracts should be submitted electronically through the following email:
Papers submitted for publication in the conference proceedings should be original, and should not be under consideration for publication by any organization or journal.
Papers should have theoretical value and practical significance
Full papers should be between 6,000 to 10,000 words with APA style referencing.

Registration Fee
Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of US$100.

Accommodation, food and conference materials
Hunan City University, the main sponsor of the conference will provide hotel accommodation, conference materials, food, sightseeing, local transportation and other social events free of charge for all participants whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation. However, participants will be responsible for their return flight tickets.

Publication and awards
Top papers will be selected by a panel of experts and the authors will be awarded with certificates and cash prizes accordingly. The selected papers will be published in relevant academic journals. All papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings.


  1. Organizers
  • Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Planning and Architectural Design Institute of Hunan City University
  • School of Marxism, Hunan City University
  • School of Information and Electronic Engineering, Hunan City University
  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Hunan City University
  • School of Civil Engineering, Hunan City University
  • School of Municipal and Surveying and Mapping Engineering, Hunan City University
  • School of Management, Hunan City University
  • School of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Hunan City University
  • School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Hunan City University
  • School of Fine Arts and Design, Hunan City University
  • School of Music and Dance, Hunan City University
  • College of Physical Education, Hunan City University
  • School of Humanities, Hunan City University
  • School of Science, Hunan City University
  1. Co-organizers
  • University of Cape Coast Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC
  • Center for African and International Studies
  • Africa-China Centre for Policy & Advisory
  • Hunan City Urban Planning Society.
  • Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Digital Urban and Rural Spacing Project Key    


  • Hunan Provincial Engineering Technology Research Center for Urban and Rural Ecological Planning and Restoration.                            
  • Hunan Provincial New Urbanization Research Institute.
  • Hunan Provincial Urban Economic Research Base.
  • Research Base of New Urbanization in Hunan Province.
  • The People’s Government of Yiyang Municipal Urban and Rural Planning Research     


  1. Supporting units
  • Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters
  • Policy Research Office of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of


  • Hunan Provincial Department of Education
  • Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Hunan Province
  • The People’s Government of Hunan Provincial Development Research Center
  • The People’s Government of Yiyang Municipal
  • Hunan Province Institute of Science and Technology
  • Hunan Province Federation of Social Sciences
  • Hunan Province Academy of Social Sciences
  1. Sponsors
  • Hunan City University, China
  • University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Double Oriented Society and Urban Science Research Association in Hunan Province 
  1. Conference Organizing Committee
  • Directors: 
  • Deputy Director of Hunan Provincial Department of Education
  • Deputy Director of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Department of Hunan Province
  • Mayor of People’s Government of Yiyang Municipal
  • Secretary of the Party Committee of Hunan City University
  • Vice- Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana  

2)  Executive Director: Dean of Hunan City University

  • Deputy directors:
  • Deputy Mayor of the People’s Government of Yiyang Municipal
  • Vice President of Hunan City University


Tel: +233-3122-93082 / 5025-79818

Confucius Institute at University of Cape Coast

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