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Call for papers: research wanted for Festival of Place 2020

Call for original research papers exploring the impact of real estate development on citizens and communities for speaking slots at the Festival of Place 2020 

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Dr Patrice Derrington addresses the Festival of Place
Dr Patrice Derrington addresses the Festival of Place

The call for papers for the Festival of Place 2020 is now open for submissions. To submit a topic and abstract, please complete this form before the deadline of 14 February 2020.


The Developer is calling for papers on original research exploring the impact of real estate development on the citizen and communities for individual and panel speaking slots at the Festival of Place on 7 July 2020.


The Developer hosts the one-day Festival of Place for developers, local authorities, investors and designers to get inspired, network and learn about best practice in making places. This year’s Festival of Place is at Tobacco Dock in east London on 7 July 2020.


The abstract should describe the anticipated argument, the sources or data to be analysed and how that argument engages with our mandate to support the wider industry in creating places where people thrive.


In particular, we are interested in research that expands our understanding of the impact of urban development on humans, and illuminates the barriers and roadmaps to greater equity, equality, prosperity, health and well-being, and improving life expectancy, liveability and outcomes, all in the context of the climate emergency.


If you do not have original research but would like to promote your expertise, services or organisation, do not submit an abstract, please. We have exciting commercial marketing and promotional opportunities at the Festival of Place – please contact to find out more.


Suggested topics for possible paper submissions include:


- Impact of real estate development and/or cities on mental and physical health and well-being (positive and negative)

- Empowering old age and disability

- Masterplanning for climate change

- Technology/data: impact on individual, cities and citymaking

- ESG and ethical investment and property

- Community consent, involvement, co-creation and engagement

- Decolonising real estate development

- Designing for religion, identities and intersectionalities

- Zero-carbon innovation and low-carbon materials

- Cleaner construction and waste reduction

- Fostering community: what makes neighbours help each other

- Equity and equality by design and development

- Arts, music and culture: making them thrive

- Impact of placemaking on poverty and homelessness

- Urban life after retail: post-consumerist placemaking

- Crime, slavery and exploitation prevention

- Urban infrastructure and transport

- Land use

- The role of planning

- Heritage and historical fabric

- Human experience of cities

- Biodiversity, plants and nature in the city, including social impact and value

- Flood, heat, fire and climate resilience in urban design


To submit a paper, please fill in the information embedded below or available at this link by 14 February 2020. You’ll be asked to submit a title and abstract, and a brief biography alongside some further information.


Accepted abstracts will be notified by 30 March 2020. Speaking slots vary in length from 10 minutes to 45 minutes. The conference language is English.



Next year’s Festival of Place takes place on 7 July 2020 at Tobacco Dock, east London

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