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
  • Daniel Yeh, University of South Florida
  • 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.

Registration Information

Registration Fees

  • Early-bird rates (on or before March 15, 2019)
    • Non-student: $600 USD
    • Student: $450 USD
  • Regular rates (after March 15, 2019)
    • Non-student: $700 USD
    • Student: $550 USD

To register, please visit https://conftool.org/icrs-cities-2019.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr. London is Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation at Western Sydney University where she is also Deputy Dean School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics. She was the first female chair in construction management in Australia. She has an international research reputation and is a considered a leader in construction supply chain theory and practice. Her work focusses on adoption of innovative technologies. She is also well known for conducting research that crossing discipline boundaries and has led numerous nationally competitive grants and initiatives towards this end. She has published more than 160 peer reviewed publications, won over $4.0M and supervised 11 PhD students since 2003. She has given various international keynotes at both industry and academic conferences. She currently is a Chief Investigator on five ARC grants. Dr. London is Chair of the NFP Australasian Lean Construction Institute professional association. She has held numerous leadership positions in academia. She held Ministerial appointments on the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council as well as the NSW Architects Registration Board. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Deans built Environment and Design Council. She is a Fellow and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Australasia. She is a founding member of the Australian Housing Supply Chain Alliance.

Dr. Schandl is a senior principal scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, based in Canberra, Australia where he leads the social systems research group and research on sustainable use of natural resources. His research links social theory, social metabolism and public policy to explore pathways for sustainable consumption and production and green economy based on measuring and modelling sustainability, and policy analysis. He has extensive experience in project leadership and in providing research that informs public policy in the domain of sustainable natural resource use and sustainable development with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. He is a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel and has been a consultant for the OECD, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Currently he serves as the President of the International Society of Industrial Ecology.


The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide—a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities—stands tall among the world’s leading institutions of learning and innovation by every measure.

The clearest indication of this is the consistently high rating by the most respected international assessment bodies: QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). All consider the University one of the top 1% of universities worldwide.



Conference Venue

The University of Adelaide's North Terrace campus is located in the cultural heart of the CBD (5 minutes from tram and bus stops, 10 minutes from Adelaide Railway Station). The North Terrace campus lies adjacent to many of South Australia's major arts and cultural institutions, including the State Library of South Australia, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Zoo.

As well as being the main site for teaching and research facilities, the North Terrace campus is home to the student hub and Barr Smith Library. You'll find central services such as disability support, health and counselling, accomodation services and Ask Adelaide. There are also amentites including ATMs, post office, student co-op and campus general store. If you are hungry there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, sit down and relax, or get some extra study in.

Dinner Venue

Adelaide Oval is a sports ground in Adelaide, South Australia, located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. The venue is predominantly used for cricket and Australian rules football, but has also played host to rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis among other sports as well as regularly being used to hold concerts.

Adelaide Oval is one of the most picturesque sporting grounds in the world! It has long provided the perfect location to host private functions and events. As one of South Australia’s most impressive venues – boasting picturesque views of the hallowed turf, the city, St Peter’s Cathedral and more – it provides a unique setting to entertain clients, celebrate milestones or network in style.

About Adelaide

Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city or soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches. Join the party at our immersive festivals and events or spend the night exploring Adelaide attractions and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. Adelaide is a gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country and is dotted with historic buildings, lush parklands and sprawling botanic gardens.

Weather in July

Temperatures in South Australia in July hover around 17°C, although July is in winter. Check Adelaide weather forecast from Bureau of Meteorology: http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml

Wine Experience

Adelaide has been recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World – a network of nine major global cities that share a common feature: their internationally renowned wine regions. With 200 stunning cellar doors only a short drive away from the city centre and 18 world-renowned wine regions nearby, it’s no surprise why.

Places to Visit

Additional Information about Adelaide

Travel, Accommodation and Visa

International Flights to Adelaide

Domestic Flights to Adelaide

Public Transport with Adelaide Metro

Choose from trains, trams and buses with Adelaide Metro: https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au

A tram ride through the city’s centre is free and will take you between the South Terrace tram stop and the Entertainment Centre at Hindmarsh.

Explore with the free City Connector Loop-Bus which runs frequently until about 6pm each day and Fridays until 9pm seven days a weeks.


Thanks to Adelaide Convention Bureau, the following hotels will offer special rates for conference attendees:


Please check visa options from Department of Home Affairs: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder

Visa invitation letter will be available after you complete the online registration. When registering, you will be asked for information to prepare your visa invitation letter. You can download the letter from the online registration system once your registration is complete.