Call for Papers

Concept notes and submission information

Concept Note

Innovative and inclusive urban growth models for sustaining urban development

Over the past few years, the world has been observing multiple crises, from the pandemic to war, energy, and food shortages. It was unbelievable that only three years ago human race experienced a massive lockdown that halted many nations’ economies, and the war erupted in the European continent. We could hardly believe how cities could survive when separated from the outside connectivity within the disruptive economy.

However, we observed and expected to see how we adapted to the crisis through innovations. The oil crisis in the 1970s drove the world to grow better with less fuel; Covid 19 sped up the rise of the digital economy where smarter businesses and society will thrive with innovative ways of production and consumption. Innovations are being made at different levels, from the government to individuals, from the way we live, commute, and work with greener energy, less resources, and smaller space to attain higher outcomes and values.

Innovations may play more important roles in large cities in developing countries like Vietnam. The faster pace of growth where problems are already mounting up from the past may restrict planners and societies from thinking far and thinking big. Constant flood and drought, shortages of affordable housing, and congested and polluted peripheries may hinder us from some alternatives simply because we may not jump far without near safe landing areas. However, we believe that this does not mean we could not innovate for better lives and a better future together.

We also learned that making inclusive innovations is challenging for both rich and poor cities, but we still demand it as this is our mission. Historically, opportunities to thrive are often unequal. As businesses often focus on those well-off and fast to react, investment in high-tech and higher growth regularly concentrates on certain groups and locations. Therefore, creating innovative and inclusive growth that spreads our well-being through larger groups becomes more substantial. To think bigger, our innovative growth models should spread through generations, not only this or that.

With the diverse lessons learnt on growth models nowadays, we would like to call for joining our international conference on ‘innovative and inclusive growth models for sustaining urban development’ this October 2022. This is the 8th Annual International Conference from Sustainable Urban Development Program from Vietnamese German University to mark the Tenth anniversary since we worked together on the SUD program. The conference will be organized with the exhibition of the VGU Hackathon 2022 and the awarding ceremony of the VGU Innovation Challenge 2021.

The agenda for this year could be discussions on innovation to cope with both traditional and arising issues. To name but a few, we could share hot topics of affordable housing and climate change resilience to debates over the higher cost of fuel/energy to shape our city expansions. Thoughts on circularization of scarce water and building materials would also be appreciated besides digital transformation in green planning, green and smart mobility, and 15 minutes cities, etc. We can also bring discourses over larger participation at the ecosystem level to health-oriented to transit-oriented development. As we do not want to constrain the topic participants may bring to this agenda, these are only examples for registration.

We are looking forward to sharing our thoughts and experience on October 20th, 2022. Please refer to the sub-theme below for registration. Accepted papers in the conference will be invited to publish in the Scopus Indexed Special Edition from Springer Nature in 2023. Detail plan for submission is enclosed below.

Key dates & Deadline

1 JULY 2022

Abstract Submission

10 october 2022

Full Paper Submission

15 october 2022

Presentation Submission

20 october 2022

Conference Date

Submission Information

The conference is seeking submissions related to the mentioned conference topics. Other related topics will also be considered. Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Board. If abstract is accepted, author agrees to send full text paper, including results, tables, figures and references. All submissions should report original and previously unpublished research results no matter the type of research paper you are presenting. 

Manuscripts should meet the format set by the Conference committee and are subject to review.


The text should be in English

Paper structure

  • Purpose/Objectives
  • Methodology/Approach
  • Findings/Results
  • Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations
  • Acknowledgements (when appropriate)
  • References
  • Appendices (when appropriate)

Presentation & Publication

Full paper is requested

File format

MS.Word - compatible file

Oral presentation

The presentation should be around 15 minutes

Formatting & paper length limit

Please follow the instructions mentioned below

Paper length Full paper: within 12 pages, including references, tables/ charts and keywords
Abstract length 200-250 words
Key words 3-5 words
Font 12-point Times New Roman
Paragraph Single-spaced
Margin Normal (Top :2.54 cm , Bottom: 2.54 cm; Left : 3.18cm , Right: 3.18cm)
Page numbers Bottom-centered
Layout One-column Portrait

Are you ready joining us?

Submit your abstract or register now