2015-2016 Urban Forums Request for Proposals

The Urban Network invites proposals for its 2015-2016 Urban Forums series. To apply, download the full RFP here.  Proposals must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, October 9th, 2015.

About the Forums

The Urban Forums is a series of research-oriented interdisciplinary conferences, working groups, workshops, and other events focused on urban issues. Events range in size from 30 to 250 people.  Previous Urban Forums have covered issues such as organizational perspectives on urban poverty; the effects of neighborhood structures and dynamics on urban health and welfare; city and spectacle in Brazil; and causality in political networks. This year’s theme is the New Urban Agenda, in conjunction with the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (“Habitat III”). 

About Habitat III/the New Urban Agenda

The worldwide convening of Habitat III will take place in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, and the “New Urban Agenda” will be the product of this convening.  The University of Chicago will be a leader in the creation of the U.S. national report to Habitat III, which will focus on sustainable and inclusive communities in an increasingly urban world.  In this context, the outcomes of the Urban Forums will form the backbone of the University of Chicago’s contribution to the U.N.’s New Urban Agenda.


Since Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda provides a wide scope for urban discourse, events on a range of themes are welcome, with a preference for events that address:

·       inclusive policy and governance

·       urban youth development

·       data in the inclusive city

·       innovative practices in the built environment

Proposals are welcome for events of all sizes and formats. All proposals must include at least one University of Chicago faculty member as an organizer. Faculty may apply as individuals or in groups, and we encourage proposals from across disciplines and units. We also encourage co-sponsorship with other university, philanthropic, and/or community organizations.  All events are open to the public.  Awards for Urban Forums range from $1,000 to $25,000.  

For more information, please contact Anne Dodge at acdodge@uchicago.edu.