2019 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Cities (icRS Cities 2019)

July 1-3, 2019, Adelaide, Australia

Rapid urbanization has to a large extent improved the quality of life of human beings. These include the diverse products and services, improved infrastructure, better working and living environment, etc. Meanwhile, a number of challenges exist such as depleting natural resources, energy, soil pollution, water pollution, and air quality. In essence, the overconsumption of resources played a critical role in the emergence of these challenges.

To deal with these pressing issues, it is imperative to employ a holistic approach which brings all related disciplines together. Indeed, all professions (e.g. architects, urban planners, engineers, policy makers, construction managers, developers) play important roles in achieving the sustainable urbanization. By dealing with these challenges properly, the sustainability of urban systems will also be improved.

Specifically, icRS Cities 2019 will include invited keynote speeches, parallel sessions, and poster presentations on the following topics, awards, and sessions. High-quality presentations from the conference will be recommended to special issues in journals that support the conference, including Resources, Conservation & Recycling (2017 Impact Factor: 5.12) and Journal of Cleaner Production (2017 Impact Factor: 5.651).

  • Circular economy
  • Emissions, effects and management of air pollutants and greenhouse gases
  • Energy systems
  • Food and food waste
  • Green buildings
  • Green infrastructure
  • Housing market and policy
  • Land use efficiency
  • Resource efficiency
  • Resource recovery
  • Smart cities
  • Solid waste management
  • Sustainable behavior
  • Sustainable materials
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Sustainable urbanization
  • Urban mining
  • Urban renewal
  • Urban resilience
  • Waste reduction, reuse, and recycling
  • Water systems


  • Best Student Oral Presentations
  • Best Student Posters
  • Most Welcomed Posters

Special sessions:

  • Editor Forum

Important Dates

  • January 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting abstracts
  • February 15, 2019: Notification of acceptance
  • March 15, 2019: Early-bird registration ends (at least one author should register before Early Bird ends; otherwise an accepted abstract will be removed from the conference program and not be considered for journal special issues)
  • July 1-3, 2019: Conference
  • October 1, 2019: Deadline for submitting papers to journal special issues (by invitation only)


Advisory Committee (updating)

  • Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge
  • Robert U. Ayres, INSEAD
  • Paul Brunner, Technische Universität Wien
  • Anthony S. F. Chiu, De La Salle University
  • Jo Dewulf, Universiteit Gent
  • Peter Glavic, University of Maribor
  • Seiji Hashimoto, Ritsumeikan University
  • Kannan Govindan, University of Southern Denmark
  • Alissa Kendall, University of California, Davis
  • Jiří Jaromír KlemeŠ, Brno University of Technology
  • Yasushi Kondo, Waseda University
  • Ming Lim, Chongqing University
  • Jian Lin, Peking University
  • Guiwen Liu, Chongqing University
  • Kerry London, Western Sydney University
  • Eric Masanet, Northwestern University
  • Daniel Beat Müller, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Alan Peters, The University of Adelaide
  • José Potting, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Helmut Rechberger, Technische Universität Wien
  • Joseph Sarkis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Heinz Schandl, CSIRO
  • Roland Scholz, ETH Zurich
  • Susan Selke, Michigan State University
  • Guido Sonnemann, University of Bordeaux 1
  • Geoffrey Q.P. Shen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Liyin Shen, Chongqing University
  • Martin Skitmore, Queensland University of Technology
  • Ming Lang Tseng, Asia University
  • Jeroen van den Bergh, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Sebastian Werle, Silesian University of Technology
  • Yutao Wang, Fudan University
  • Ming-hung Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Ernst Worrell, Universiteit Utrecht
  • Yuzhe Wu, Zhejiang University
  • Zhifeng Yang, Beijing Normal University
  • George Zillante, The University of Adelaide
  • Patrick X.W. Zuo, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Tieyong Zuo, Beijing University of Technology

icRS General Chair

  • Ming Xu, University of Michigan

Conference Chair

  • Jian Zuo, The University of Adelaide

Scientific Committee (updating)

  • César Porras Amores, Technical University of Madrid
  • Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky
  • Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo
  • Hua Cai, Purdue University
  • Hing Kai Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Ruidong Chang, Bond University
  • Lynette Cheah, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Wei-qiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Steven De Meester, Universiteit Gent
  • Xiangzheng Deng, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Sybil Derrible, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Matthew Eckelman, Northeastern University
  • Yingbin Feng, Western Sydney University
  • Indra Gunawan, University of Adelaide
  • Ankit Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Varanasi
  • Gang He, Stony Brook University
  • Jingke Hong, Chongqing University
  • Mark S.C. Hsu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Mo Kim Hung, University of Malaya
  • Monzur Imteaz, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Carlo Ingrao, Kore University of Enna
  • Ramzy Kahhat, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Vikas Khanna, University of Pittsburgh
  • Junbeum Kim, Université de Technologie de Troyes
  • Su Shiung Lam, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Seung-Jin Lee, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Sai Liang, Beijing Normal University
  • Gang Liu, University of Southern Denmark
  • Wilson W.S. Lu, The University of Hong Kong
  • Yujie Lu, National University of Singapore
  • Rebeka Kovačič Lukman, University of Maribor
  • Tengku Nur Azila binti Raja Mamat, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Panate Manomaivibool, Mae Fah Luang University
  • Rui Cunha Marques, University of Lisbon
  • Rubhera Ram Mato, Ardhi University
  • Dong Mu, Beijing Jiao Tong University
  • Ehsan Sharifi, University of Adelaide
  • Veronnica Soebarto, University of Adelaide
  • Zhifu Mi, University College London
  • Sergio Pacca, University of São Paulo
  • Stefan Pauliuk, University of Freiburg
  • Arkadiusz Piwowar, Wroclaw University of Economics
  • Krishna Prapoorna, India Institute of Technology Tirupati
  • Shen Qu, University of Michigan
  • Rameez Rameezdeen, University of South Australia
  • Rafael Santos, University of Guelph
  • Lei Shi, Tsinghua University
  • Kyo Suh, Seoul National University
  • Vivian W.Y. Tam, Western Sydney University
  • Kim Hua Tan, Nottingham University
  • Raymond Tan, De La Salle University
  • Yongtao Tan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Atsushi Terazono, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • Wellington Thwala, University of Johannesburg
  • Jinping Tian, Tsinghua University
  • Timothy Townsend, University of Florida
  • Heming Wang, Northeastern University, China
  • Kua Harn Wei, National University of Singapore
  • Yufeng Wu, Beijing University of Technology
  • Beidou Xi, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science
  • Bo Xia, Queensland University of Technology
  • Gui Ye, Chongqing University
  • Kunhui Ye, Chongqing University
  • Steven Young, University of Waterloo
  • William Young, University of Leeds
  • Chris Yuan, Case Western Reserve University
  • Hongping Yuan, Guangzhou University
  • Xianlai Zeng, Tsinghua University
  • Hongliang Zhang, Louisiana State University
  • Lixiao Zhang, Beijing Normal University
  • Fu Zhao, Purdue University

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for oral presentations and poster presentations. The abstracts should be no more than 500 words, with clear description of research question, importance and relevance of the research question, methods, and results and main findings or expected results and findings.

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to Januray 15, 2019. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

To submit your abstract, please visit https://www.conftool.org/icrs-cities-2019

Guide to Authors

  • Your abstract must be written in clear and concise English.
  • Your abstract must address scientific questions that are relevant to the topic of the conference.
  • Oral and poster presentations will be delivered in English. We assume the presenting author will have adequate command of English to present and respond to questions.
  • At least one author of an accepted abstract (either for oral or poster presentation) should register in order to keep the presentation in the program. Detailed instruction will be available later.


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Conference Venue

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Travel Information

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