Arcs 5.0

Arcs 5.0

ARCS 5.0

Fit for the Future - urban strategies for the new normal


School of Human Settlements, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar is organizing its 5th Annual Research on Cities Summit from 10th – 12th February 2021.

The Speakers are

  • Mr. Marco Kamiya, Senior Economist, Knowledge & Innovation Branch, UN-HABITAT Global Headquarters in Kenya.
  • Prof. Fedor Kudryatsev, Professor at Moscow University and Director of Arch Nova Lab Moscow.
  • Prof. Philip Harrison, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Call for Papers:

The Covid-19 pandemic has brutally exposed fault-lines in our cities.  As the cities across the world huge losses in-terms of lives and livelihoods, deep-seated inequalities regarding access to health care, shelter, water, sanitation, safe mobility, and digital infrastructure has come out in the open like never before. But post-COVID-19 recovery also offers a great opportunity to re-imagine our urban future towards greater sustainability. We need a new roadmap to make our cities resilient against future shocks. The Fifth Annual Research on Cities Summit ARCS 5.0 by the XAHS, XUB will discuss, debate, and deliberate over the urban strategies for the new normal, so as to make our cities Fit for the Future. The conference would take place through online mode on 10,11 and 12 February 2021.


  • Registration fees for Students: INR 500/-
  • Registration fees for Faculties/ Professional: INR 1000/-
  • The Authors of shortlisted abstracts will be asked to register by making the payment of registration fees.
  • Only the presenting author needs to register for the conference.
Abstract (150-200 words) may be submitted to :

For details refer to the following link :

All inquiries may be sent to :

Important Dates
  • Submission Deadline for abstracts: 25th January, 2021
  • Notifications for abstract acceptance: 25th January, 2021
  • Registrations and payments : 31st January, 2021
  • The conference : 10th - 12th February, 2021
Abstract (150-200 words) may be submitted to :

For details refer to the following link :

All inquiries may be sent to :

Here at ARCS 5.0, we are particularly interested to explore how tensions, contradictions and collaborations regarding Fit for the Future urban strategies could be unpacked through the broad thematic areas noted below:

Theme – 1: Processes of governance

  • Roles of the institutions in shaping cities
  • Roles of Special Purpose Vehicles and Public Private Partnerships and new forms of hybrid institutional arrangements
  • Role of private actors, community organizations and special interest groups
  • Roles of international consultants

Theme – 2: Patterns of economy and employment generation

  • Implications of the pandemic of urban livelihoods
  • State responses and livelihood support policies
  • Informal sector employment and municipal state
  • Micro entrepreneurship, trading, and local networks
  • Implications of global supply chain disruptions on urban competitiveness
  • Circular economy and sustainability

Theme – 3: Infrastructure networks and delivery processes

  • Implications of the social distancing norms on mobility patterns and choices
  • Access and delivery of urban basic services
  • Linkages between public health and access to basic services
  • Efficiency in services delivery and Investment patterns
  • Gender issues in infrastructure delivery
  • Digital and intelligent technology platforms

Theme – 4: Public spaces and place making

  • Informal and formal spaces
  • Zoning and regulations
  • Slum redevelopment
  • City beautification and urban renewal
  • Gender and urban space

Theme – 5: Housing & Shelter

  • Housing
  • Informal Housing
  • Housing and society
  • Housing and other services
  • Emergency shelters and society

Theme – 6: Environmental Risks and Resilience

  • Protection of urban commons
  • Disaster resilience and urban vulnerabilities
  • Adaptation and mitigation measures
  • Cities in climate change leadership
  • Financing for environmental management

Theme – 7: Management and leadership

  • Municipal revenue generation
  • Training and capacity building
  • E- governance and public engagement
  • City to city cooperation and policy portability
  • Integrated command and control centres in monitoring and delivery of services

Submit the Abstract (150-200 words) in the given link:

All inquiries may be sent to