Livable Cities 2025
Lisbon - Barcelona

9-11 July Lisbon | 16-18 July Barcelona
Event Date: July 9-18, 2025
Abstract Date: July 25, 2024
July 2025
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa | Universidad Ramon Llull - La Salle, Barcelona
Part of the Livable Cities Series 2025

What makes the cities we inhabit livable? Transport, housing, health. Open space, mobility and the environment. Matters of culture, entrepreneurship, crime and safety. Affordability and access to education. Depending on whose ‘livability index’ you look at, it may include design quality, sustainability and the digital infrastructures of the smart city. Other criteria applied may encompass food access, job opportunities or walkability. Inclusivity and the politics of participation also come into play. Discrimination in all its forms impacts livability and social and political equity. Clearly then, this is an interdisciplinary question.

Livable Cities is an initiative coordinated by AMPS as part of its Critical Futures program. It is managed in collaboration with universities and publishers internationally. In 2025 it involves conferences in Lisbon and Barcelona.

LISBON 9-11th July 2025 |  BARCELONA – 16th-18th July 2025.

Previous events have taken place at:

City, University of London; Swinburne University, Australia; University of Melbourne; Chinese University of Hong King; University of Derby; University of Calgary; Dayananda Sagar Institution; City University of New York; Syracuse University; the American University in Dubai; Stevens Institute of Technology; University of Arizona; University of the West of England; London South Bank University; Universidad de Sevilla; University of Cyprus.

Themes are interdisciplinary. Formats are varied. Publications are global. Publishers include: University College London Press; Routledge Taylor & Francis; Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Vernon Press; Libri Publishing; Intellect Books.

As part of the AMPS suite of research programs, the 2025 conferences in Lisbon and Barcelona are intended to function as international and interdisciplinary engagements on the range of issues affecting life in cities. As such, they welcome delegates from across disciplines and fields: design, planning, the social sciences, humanities, arts, engineering and more.


To explore and critique the questions posed by the notion of a ‘livable city’,  you are invited to participate in the 2025 Livable Cities conferences organised by the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and the Universidad Ramon Llull – La Salle, Barcelona.

Image: Colin Lloyd


  • Urban Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Architecture
  • Sociology
  • Human Geography
  • Transport
  • Art
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Media Studies
  • Sociology
  • Communications
  • Digital Design
  • Humanities
  • Public Health
  • Community Studies
  • Design
  • Urban Economics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Public Services
  • Creative Industries
  • Tourism
  • Heritage

Key Dates

Abstracts (Early)
25 June 2024
5 September 2024
Abstracts (Round 1)
10 December 2024
9-1 July Lisbon | 16-18 July Barcelona
Full Paper Submissions
05 September 2025
Full Paper Resubmissions
10 January 2026
01 April 2026


Architecture, Landscape & Urban Design
Design, placemaking, planning, participation...
Communities & Cultures
Gentrification, community studies, immigration, activism...
Sustainability & Resilience
Resilient cities, sustainable design, the circular economy...
Technology, Management and Planning
Smart cities, intelligent infrastructure, cultural cities...
Transport & Infrastructure
Integrated transport, the walkable city, green-blue infrastructure...
Public Services & the City
Public health, access to services, community support...


In-person: Live in Barcelona or Lisbon

Zoom: Virial presentations coordinated by AMPS

@Lisbon: For delegates visiting Lisbon but presenting virtually on Zoom.

@Barcelona: For delegates visiting Barcelona but presenting virtually on Zoom.

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel.

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in associated conference publications.

In-person: (15-20 mins)
Zoom: (15-20 mins)
@Lisbon: (15-20 mins)
@Barcelona: (15-20 mins)
Pre-recorded video: (15-20 mins)
Written papers: (3000 words)



The publishers that AMPS works with include Routledge Taylor & Francis, UCL Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books from this event will be developed by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, with short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:


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