2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020)

December 13-15, 2020, Ningbo, China

Urbanisation has been a driver for global economic development, but also leads to a lot of urban challenges on social and environmental issues, in particular the Global South and developing countries. Nevertheless, if manage properly it can couple with the sustainable development and hence the future sustainability, such as achieving sustainable development goals. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects to further accelerate the already-rapid development of urbanisation in the upcoming decades. The Conference serves as a platform for researchers and practitioners around the world with diverse background and expertise to share the most recent ideas, outcomes, and practices on sustainable urbanisation with a focus on the BRI.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Buildings and environment
  • Circular economy
  • Environmental and sustainability assessment
  • Environmental behavior for urbanisation
  • Governance, legislation and policy
  • Resource and waste management
  • Sustainability for BRI
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Sustainable urbanisation strategy
  • Transportation systems and sustainability
  • Urban resource management
  • Urban soil, water and wastewater systems
  • Waste treatment and disposal

Important Dates

  • May 30, 2020: Deadline for submitting abstracts and special-session proposals
  • December 13-15, 2020: Conference


Conference Co-Chairs

  • Faith Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Hing Kai Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

icRS General Chair

  • Ming Xu, University of Michigan

Abstract Submission (to be updated)

Registration Information

Registration link will be updated soon.

Supporting Journals

These journals will support icRS Urbanisation 2020 by inviting selected conference presentations to submit for full papers in a regular or special issue.

Conference Program (to be updated)


University of Nottingham Ningbo China

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham with co-operation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

Sponsors (to be updated)

Venue (to be updated)

Travel, Accommodation and Visa (to be updated)

About Ningbo

Ningbo is one of eastern China's most important port cities and a famous cultural and historical site. It's also a popular destination for tourists, both from China and overseas. The surrounding area is known for its spectacular scenery and mountains, forests, beaches, lakes, and waterfalls are all within easy reach of the city.

Travel Information

  • Plane: Many people fly to Ningbo-Lishe International Airport (NGB). Several major airlines offer flights from the US and Europe with ongoing connections to Ningbo from larger Chinese cities like Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing. The airport is eight miles southwest of the city center, and there is a regular shuttle bus service from the arrivals terminal to South Ningbo Railway station for ¥10. Taxis are also available and cost ¥50.
  • Train: Ningbo can be reached by train from most large cities and it's a relatively inexpensive option. A first-class return from Shanghai costs ¥450 and from Hangzhou, a first-class return is ¥250.
  • Car: At 22 miles, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the world's longest spanning sea bridge and it has cut the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo dramatically for drivers. Eastern China has good highways and you can drive all the way from Guangzhou in the south via the E60 toll road in about 14 hours.
  • Bus: Buses from Shanghai and Hangzhou terminate at South Bus Station. Other stations are North, West, East, and Zhongba. South Bus Station is in the Haishu district close to the rail station and just a short distance from the city center. Fares are reasonable and a return trip to Hangzhou is just ¥100.
  • Taxi: Taxis are widely available but most drivers don't speak English. Ask your hotel receptionist to write down your destination and the cross streets beforehand. Local taxi fare is ¥11 for the first three kilometers and ¥2.4 for every extra kilometer. Taxi fares are estimated to be ¥1,000 from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Ningbo and ¥450 from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport to Ningbo.