Based on the central theme, the Conference will consider competitive papers that cover, but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

I. Energy efficiency strategies in urban Sub-Saharan Africa  

  • Energy efficient buildings in urban Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Paper submissions under this sub-theme can cover scopes such as: how to incentivize the adoption of vernacular building designs; the implementation of good energy efficiency practices in the built sector; institutional, policy and regulatory contexts for a more sustainable built environment in urban areas, etc.
  • Efficient energy demand measures and efficient supply practices in urban Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Paper submissions under this sub-theme can cover scopes such as: different types of energy demand strategies/measures and their implications; decoupling and tariff measures to incentivize a better use of electricity; how to facilitate the adoption of retrofitting technologies in old buildings;institutional and policy contexts for energy demand and efficient supply in SSA urban areas, etc.

II. Energy access strategies in urban Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Renewable energy and energy supply in urban Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Paper submissions under this sub-theme can cover scopes such as: how to diversify the mix of traditional and new renewable energy technologies (RETs) in the urban energyscape; the future of traditional sources of energy such as wood or charcoal in urban areas vis-à-vis approaches to increase the adoption rate of new RETs; drivers and constraints on new RETs investments; institutional and policy contexts for RE in SSA, etc.
  • Electrification and access to modern energy in in urban Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Paper submissions under this sub-theme can cover scopes such as: how to increase the rate of electrification of peri-urban areas and informal settlements in a cost-effective way; energy access and sustainable urban energy transition in SSA urban cities; factors enhancing or obstructing access to modern energy sources such as electricity and LPG in urban areas; institutional and policy contexts for electrification and access to modern energy in SSA urban areas etc.
  • Waste to energy in in urban Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Paper submissions under this sub-theme can cover scopes such as: waste resource potentials in SSA urban areas; factors hindering or promoting waste-to-energy investment in SSA urban areas; role of the cooperative and informal sector in waste collection; mobilization of local communities in informal areas, policy and regulatory contexts for waste management in SSA urban areas etc.

III. Mobility and spatial planning in urban Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Spatial planning and energy infrastructure in urban Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Paper submissions under this sub-theme can cover scopes such as: how to avoid excessive urban sprawl; how to articulate official planning procedure and informal settlements dynamics; the recognition of local communities and traditional authorities as actors of change; the role of local government and constraints particular to the SSA context in spatial and energy infrastructure planning; policy and regulatory contexts for an effective spatial and energy planning in SSA urban areas etc.
  • Energy and Transportation in urban Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Paper submissions under this sub-theme can cover scopes such as: urban road transport externalities, strategies of local government in management of urban transport problems; recognition of the informal transport sector and its articulation with the formal transport sector;  promotion of public transport and soft mode of mobility; users consultations in the design of transport scheme; integrated energy planning around sustainable transport; the future of mass transit systems in Africa; institutional arrangements for sustainable transport, policy and regulatory contexts for sustainable energy and transportation in SSA urban areas etc.

Papers on the above topics can be case studies of best practices in terms of implementing policies and regulations within municipalities and at a national level to promote sustainable cities. More theoretical papers for instance, referring to knowledge exchange framework theories, institutional analysis, policy network theories, urban theories or international comparisons can also be submitted.

Papers with perspectives on gender; articulation between the formal and informal sector; grassroots movements, local communities and mobilisation; territorial representations and the recognition of local social dynamics are equally welcome.