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There have been annual INURA conferences since the founding of INURA in 1991. They are a major platform for the exchange of urban research and action taking place throughout the world. The conference takes place in a different location each year. Local INURA groups organize conferences in their cities, to highlight and foster discussions of the local context.

The first part of the conference is an exchange among local residents and conference participants consisting of site visits, panel discussions, public events and interventions to bring participants closer to specific issues and concerns in the city.

The second part of the conference is a retreat outside of the city. This provides a forum to further exchange and reflect on the city visit, and to discuss in more depth interests of INURA, and ongoing projects from around the world. The retreat is intended for INURA members, however, interested newcomers are always welcome.

If you would like to present or discuss a research and/or action project at a conference, please send a short description of your possible contribution to contact@inura.org.

Upcoming conference

27th Annual INURA Conference

Havana 2017

The 27th Annual INURA conference 2017 will be held in Havana, Cuba. November 19 to 22. Retreat November 23 to 25.



Past conferences


"City in Transitions. Spaces of Confusion, Places of Hope"

26th INURA Conference Sep 04-07


Retreat Sep 07-10, Sibiel (Transylvania)

More information: https://inura16.wordpress.com

2015 Athens

Transformative Urban Politics?

25th INURA Conference
Athens, Greece // Aug 30 to Sept 2, 2015 // retreat Rovies on Evia Island Sep 3 to 6, 2015

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2014 Belgrade

Between Big Ideas and Life's Realities

24th INURA Conference
Belgrade, Serbia. June 22 – 25

Retreat: Tara, Serbia. June 26 – 29

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2013 Lisbon / Coimbra / Curia

Urban (Ir)Rationalities

23rd INURA Conference
June 23 – 26 Conference Lisbon, June 27-30
Retreat in Coimbra/Curia

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2012 Tallinn, Estonia

Active Urbanism

22nd INURA Conference
Tallinn / Kloogaranna, June 17 to 24, 2012

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2011 Mexico City

Urban Growth: Legality Limits

21st INURA Conference
Mexico City / Tepoztlan
November 3 to 9, 2011

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Programme (PDF)

Short report

2001 Florence

2009 Istanbul

Urban Transformation. Capital - State - Civil Society

19th INURA Conference
Istanbul / Agva, Turkey
June 27 to July 3, 2009

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2008 Athens

Non-/De-/Re-Regulation: Limits, Exclusions, Claims

18th INURA Conference
Athens / Marathon, Greece
October 3 to 10, 2008

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2008 Istanbul


2008 INURA Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey
March 11 to 18 AND 14 to 20, 2008

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2007 London / Brighton

Transformation, survival and emancipation in a world city: regeneration or business as usual?

17th INURA Conference
London / Brighton, UK
June 25 to July 1, 2007

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2006 Bochum

Global City Regions – Towards a Shareholder City

16th INURA Conference
Bochum / Metropolitan Area Rhine-Ruhr
June 29 to July 5, 2006

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2005 Rome

Contested/ing Rights. Planning Rights and the Right to the City

15th INURA Conference
Rome / Collevecchio, Italy
June 24 to 30, 2005

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2005 Porto Alegre

INURA Seminar and Workshop at the World Social Forum WSF

INURA Seminar and WSF Workshop
Porto Alegre, Brasil
January 23 to 25 / 29, 2004

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2004 Amsterdam

Creative City

14th INURA Conference
Amsterdam / Egmond, Holland
June 13 to 19, 2004

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2003 Berlin

Divided City

13th INURA Conference
Berlin / Trebnitz, Germany
June 22 to 28, 2003**

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2002 Caen / Paris / Clinchamps sur Orne


12th INURA Conference
Caen / Paris / Clinchamps sur Orne, France
June 17 to 22, 2002

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1992 Rostock/Prerow


2nd INURA conference
Rostock / Prerow, Germany
May 25 – 31, 1992