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South Africa Urban and Regional Science conference, July 3-5, 2017 Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Monday, 13 February 2017 09:43

CRUISE-Statistics South Africa Urban and Regional Science Conference 2017


July 3-5, 2017


STIAS, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.



The 3rd Biannual ISIbalo CRUISE Urban and Regional Science Conference is jointly organised by the Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) and Statistics South Africa in conjunction with the Regional Science Association International.



The conference is aimed at bringing researchers from academia, the private and public sectors and non-governmental organisations together in an effort to present and debate prevalent urban and regional evelopment issues and to share knowledge, viewpoints, methods and research outcomes around six main themes:

Theme 1 – Social, economic and structural change in cities and regions

Theme 2 – Clusters / corridors / declining / lagging areas

Theme 3 – Formal / informal business growth / decline

Theme 4 – Mobility / migration / commuting trends and issues

Theme 5 – Urban growth / housing trends and issues

Theme 6 – Governance / policy issues

Researchers in the fields of Economics, Planning, Geography, Sociology and related Social Sciences are encouraged to participate.


Participation in the conference requires an oral presentation of 20 minutes. The conference is organized in panels of 4 papers each. Presentations are selected on content and appropriateness to the conference themes.


• Interested researchers should submit an abstract of around 250 words by e-mail not later than February 24, 2017, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Enquiries: Arul Naidoo, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Successful participants will be informed by March 31, 2017.


Opportunities will be given for publication of collections of approved papers for publication in journals after the conference (publication plan to be announced during the conference).


The conference is an opportunity for researchers to meet and to discuss future joint research initiatives and opportunities.


• Conference fee:

Non-RSAI members: Early Bird registration180 Euros before April 15; 250 Euros after April 15.

RSAI members: Early Bird registration 150 Euros before April 15; 200 Euros after April 15.

Participants from Africa: Early Bird registration RZA 1000 before April 15; RZA 1500 after April 15.

• Conference fee includes participation in the conference, programme and abstracts in digital format, Wi fi, secured parking, coffee-breaks and lunch.

• Downloadable registration forms:


• Submission deadline for abstracts: February 24, 2017.

• Notification of abstract acceptance: March 31, 2017.

• Early bird registration and payment: 1 - 15 April 2017.

• PowerPoint Presentation.

• Full paper for publication: date to be announced during the conference.


Manie Geyer

Centre for Urban and Regional Innovation and Statistical Exploration

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Arul Naidoo

Statistics South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa


STIAS Centre

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch, South Africa


Conference e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conference website:



July 3, 2017 Monday

08:00 to 09:00 Conference registration

09:00 to 09:15 Welcome and Housekeeping

09:15 to 09:45 Address: Minister

09:45 to 10:30 Address: Member of University Executive

10:30 to 11:00 Keynote Address

11:40 to 17:20 Presentations

July 4, 2017 Tuesday                                    

09:00 to 16:00 Presentations 

July 5, 2017 Wednesday

09:00 to 14:40 Presentations

14:40 to 15:30 Publication Strategy Meeting 

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