Call for Submissions: 2023 Edition of Niti-Samvaad Conference by St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai: Submit by Feb 5

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About St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

St. Xavier’s College is a private, Catholic, autonomous higher education institution run by the Bombay Province of the Society of Jesus in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was founded by the Jesuits on January 2, 1869. The college is affiliated with the University of Mumbai offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Arts, Science, Commerce and Management. Xavier’s was the first college to be granted autonomy by the University of Mumbai in 2010. In 2006, St. Xavier’s was awarded the ‘A+’ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

About Niti-Samvaad

The Department of Public Policy, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai is glad to launch the 2023 edition of Niti-Samvaad, the annual academic conference that brings together scholars, researchers, practitioners and students from the public policy space to deliberate on crucial policy challenges and innovate solutions.

As part of the conference, they are proud to publish the fifth edition of the Niti-Samvaad journal, taking an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens to this year’s theme: Urban Sustainability in India: Rethinking Protocols, Politics and Practices.

In the age of rapid urbanization, the race for rapid development has put sustainability on the back burner. The politics of mega mobility projects, displacement of slums, and the precarity of the urban and migrant workforce need to be contemplated in the context of inclusivity and equitability.

A discussion on the intersection of ecology, economics, politics and culture of the urban is critical to reimagining cities as a sustainable and dynamic force.


Urban Sustainability in India: Rethinking Protocols, Politics and Practices.

About Call for Submissions

They invite entries in the form of papers, case studies, essays, political cartoons and poems to be presented at the conference.

Topics for Submissions

  1. Cities as urban ecosystems where the biological complex also includes human populations, their demographic characteristics, their institutional structures and the social and economic tools they employ. The physical component includes buildings, transportation networks, parking lots, energy use and also the impact on the environment arising from human decisions, like pollution, waste and excess heat.
  2. Urban inequality marked by differential access to income and wealth, urban services and infrastructure, technology, public health, social security and education.
  3. Urban governance that includes the processes through which government is organised in cities to make them more liveable, inclusive and sustainable and the relationship between state agencies and civil society- a term used to include citizens, communities, private sector actors and voluntary organizations.
  4. Urban sustainability, resilience, livability and justice The way cities have been designed to accommodate different cultural ideals intersect with a disability, caste and gender.

Submission Guidelines

  • For research papers and essays, an abstract of 250 words must be submitted.
  • All submissions must be the original work of the author(s). Plagiarism will render the submission ineligible.
  • Documents must be double-spaced in APA format using 12-point font size in Times New Roman with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • All graphics and tables should be made editable in the file with the appropriate sources mentioned.
  • Entries must contain a short author bio with details including name, institution, department name, contact number and email id.
  • Papers already published with the same contents or simultaneous submission of the same manuscript to other journals or conference proceedings will not be considered for publication.

Submission Procedure

For research papers and essays, an abstract of 250 words must be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line: Abstract for NS 2023. Upon selection of abstracts, scholars will be mailed with further details.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission for research papers and essays – January 17, 2023
  • All other forms of submissions – February 5, 2023
  • Intimation of selected submissions – February 10, 2023
  • Conference Dates – February 16-17, 2023

Contact Information

In case of any queries, please contact [email protected]

Official Notification

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