CUI '21

NOVEMBER 26, 2021



CUI '21 / IX. International Contemporary Urban Issues Conference will be held online. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and will be organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions).


All abstracts are going to be selected according to double-blind reviews and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings E-Book with an ISBN number that will be sent to after the conference.


We invite you to join us at the event in Istanbul and would like to emphasize that proposals from different parts of the world are welcomed.


For the publication opportunities, registration conditions and presentation instructions, please visit the REGISTRATION INFO page. For accommodation opportunities and city tours, please read the ACCOMMODATION & TOURS page. 


The conference aims at fostering discussions of theory and research on urban issues. Focusing on a multidimensional urban phenomenon, this international conference aims to deepen the understanding of informality by opening it to discussion with contributions from various disciplines like architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, economy and anthropology.

Emergence of informality as a concept in scholarly discussions can be traced back to the 1970s when “the informal sector” was first used by ILO reports on employment and poverty. The results of the global economic restructuring -such as the flexibilization of production and employment relations, deterioration of collective responsibility and welfare functions of the state- damage the security of urban poor in terms of housing and working. Meanwhile, recent socio economic public policies seem to intensify the condition of informality. Now, it is widely accepted that informal way of living is a necessity for the urban poor as a survival strategy. Hence, informal work and housing constitute a significant proportion of urban economies and policies.


What is new in the neo-liberal age is the extending scope of informality. Today, the boundary between the formal and informal is blurred more than before since most urbanites, including the middle classes, experience both formal and informal encounters in their everyday life. Besides, even the urban rich contribute to informality by the development projects on the invaded peripheral land. Consequently, contemporary informality affects not just a marginal segment of the society but a majority of people living in urban space.


Abstract submission: 

JUNE 16, 2017


AUGUST 11, 2017

Full papers submission: 

AUGUST 18, 2017


New Abstract Submission Deadline:

OCTOBER 8, 2021

Registration Deadline: 

OCTOBER 15, 2021

Full papers Submission Deadline: 

OCTOBER 22, 2021




Participants can also apply to DAKAM's journal; INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN STUDIES to be reviewed. For details please visit www.dakam.org/ijaus

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Track 01: Rethinking Informality
Informality at Home


Architecture of informality

Squatters / slums / shanties

Self-Help housing & upgrading

Gated communities

Laws and regulations of housing construction

Daily life in between formal and informal

Immigrants and refugees

Crime (association of crime with informality)

Urbanization and informality

Everyday resistance

Place politics

Survival strategies


Informality at Work

Informal economy and service sector

Factors shaping informal economy

Immigration and informal labor

Sub-contracting (Multinational companies, public employment, etc.)

International division of labor

Globalization/localization effects on work

Underground business networks

Alternatives to public services

Street art / graffiti / musicians


Informality in Theory

The evolution of the concept in theory

Globalization/localization theories

Forms of Informality

“Culture of poverty”/ “myth of marginality”/ “quiet encroachment of the ordinary”/”mystery of capital”

Urban informality in popular culture


Track 02: Transportation, Planning and Local Administrations
Transportation and Local Differences

Transportation and Economic Development at the Local Level
Urban Mobility
Automated Driving and Smart Mobility
Investment in Transport Infrastructure
The promotion and integration of non-motorised modes
Resilience to the effects of changes in the climate
Assessment of techniques for the appraisal of major projects
Models to support Transport Planning and Policy

Track 03: Policy Matters and Political Transformations
Citizenship / immigration / informality

Alternative ways of civic participation

Decision making at the local/national levels

National public policies’ strategies dealing with the informal

Legal and institutional framework

Informality and the ‘Right to the City’

Social Policies to fight/support the informal

The Role of the Local Governments on the Public Security

Coverage and Quality of Health Services

Politics and local elections

The policies, instruments and orientation of International Organizations like UN, WDB, ILO

Instruments of NGOs and opposition

Track 04: Economy, Inequality and Urban Space
Economic restructuring and economic crisis

Local Governments and Economy

Equlity, inequality and urban space

Cities and Dynamics of economy

Role of the cities in the globalization process

Resistance and Urban Space

Social Capital and Urban Land Use

Track 05: Ecology and Urban Studies
Local Governments and Energy
Urban Green Space
Ecology and built area – buildings, roads, drainage etc
Pollution and Industry
Natural resources and urban planning
Natural landscape/protective landscape – forest/wildlife ecology
Agriculture, Productive landscape – rural ecology
Rural Planning
Street trees and home gardens
Water bodies – ponds, rivers
Urban ecosystems: Climate, soil, hydrology, species composition, population dynamics, flow of energy.



Keynote Speaker will be announced.




4 Michail Voda Str

Discover the ancient Greek capital during your stay at Novotel Athenes. In summertime, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus hill from our roof terrace. Relax with some food or a cocktail by the outdoor swimming pool. With monuments and museums nearby, you can fully experience Greek culture at Novotel.

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Prof. Dr. Ebru Çubukcu/ Dokuz Eylul University

Doc.Dr. Hayat Zengin/ Dokuz Eylul University

Doc.Dr. Yelda Aydin/ TuRKKT

Doc Dr Feride Önal/ Yildiz Teknik University

Doc. Dr. Gulin Beyhan/ Suleyman Demirel 

Doc Dr Murat sahin/ Özyegin University

Yrd Doc Dr Aysem Ela/ KacelBahcesehir University

Yrd Doc Dr Ebru Kamaci/ Erciyes University

Yrd. Doc. Dr. Ulas Sunata/ Bahcesehir University

Yrd Doc Dr Çigdem Turkyilmaz/ Yildiz Teknik University

Doc Dr Evrim Töre/ Kultur University

Doc. Dr. Yildiz Aksoy/ Medeniyet University

Yrd Doc Dr Sanem Özen Turan/ Kultur University

Maria Siti/ National Technical University of Athens



9:00 Registration
9:30 Opening Session

9:45 Keynote Lecture 1
10:15 Coffee Break

9:00        Registration

9:30        Keynote Lecture by Gülşen Aytaç

City as Landscape


10:15     Delhi Metro in Old Delhi: Economic and Spatial Impacts

Manu Mahajan


10:30     Proposals Measures for Sustainable Development in the Unesco Site Vlkolínec in Slovakia

Ivana Tomčíková, Iveta Rakytová


10:45     Understanding Different Levels of Segregation in Urban China: a Comparative Study Among 21 Cities in Guangdong Province

Qiong He; Sako Musterd; Willem Boterman

11:00     Discussion

11:15     Coffee Break




11:30     A Study on Urban Development Policy and Transition of Factory Accumulation in Osaka City

Shuhei Soejima, Yoshikazu Iwasaki

11:45     Examining of Time Space Compression Caused by Urban Transportation

Furkan Evliyaoğlu, İpek Akpınar Aksugür

12:00     Solving the Current Problems of Urban Areas With Using of Smart Technologies: Approaches of Municipalities in the Czech Republic Within the Strategic Planning

Martin Habuda, Josef Kubík, Ladislav Kudláček


12:15     Discussion

12:30     Lunch


13:15     Civic Engagement Through Collaborative Art

Pooyan Alizadeh

13:30     Informal Street Trading and the Emergent Urban Intensity

Nastaran Peimani, Hesam Kamalipour


Certificate Hand-out






Green Spaces in the City: Formality and Informality in Park Design.  Case Study: Cluj-napoca

Smaranda Todoran


Vegetati̇on and User’s Thermal Comfort İn Public Spaces

Nabila Bouabdallah

10:30 Keynote Lecture 2
11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 Parallel Sessions 1 & 2 & 3
12:15 Discussion

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Parallel Sessions 4 & 5 & 6
14:30 Discussion 
14:45 Coffee Break

15:00 Parallel Sessions 7 & 8 & 9
16:00 Discussion
16:15 Coffee Break

16:30 Parallel Sessions 10 & 11 & 12
17:30 Discussion
16:15 Coffee Break

17:45 Closing Remarks



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