Call for Submissions: 16th annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference to be held April 5, 2024

February 13, 2024

The Bloustein School will present the 16th Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning, and Public Policy on Friday, April 5, 2024. The conference is organized by doctoral students for doctoral students engaged in urban planning, urban studies, health, and policy-related research across disciplines and universities in the tri-state NJ-NY-PA metropolitan region.

Named after Professor Donald A. Krueckeberg, the conference commemorates Don Krueckeberg’s long-running commitment to doctoral education by providing a one-day forum highlighting doctoral student research at the cutting edge of urban studies, planning, and public policy.

Doctoral students at any stage of dissertation research are invited and encouraged to present their work at the conference. First-year doctoral students are invited to participate to try out a topic, and advanced candidates may present sections of research or a finished dissertation, or anywhere in between. Past presentations have outlined tentative research topics, surveyed literature, reported interim findings, and overviewed completed dissertations. The conference aims to encourage questions, comments, and discussions during each session.


To participate in the program, complete the Abstract Submission Form (max 250 words) by 5 pm on Friday, March 8, 2024. Abstracts should include a problem statement; a description of the work completed, in progress, or anticipated; a summary of findings (if any); and a discussion of project significance and/or questions for continuing research. All abstracts must be submitted electronically.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the planning committee and participants will be notified of acceptance on or around Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Presentations will be selected based on quality of thought, time available for presentations, and the need to reflect the substantive, conceptual, and methodological diversity of doctoral research.

Use this form to submit your abstract by 5pm on March 8, 2024:

A well-known and respected scholar in the planning profession, Professor Krueckeberg’s special interests and contributions were in the areas of planning history, property theory, and land use policy. His books, Introduction to Planning History in the United StatesThe American Planner: Biographies and Recollections, and Urban Planning Analysis, still serve as important references for scholars and professionals in planning and public policy.

As a major contributor to urban planning and policy studies, the Bloustein School’s Krueckeberg Conference showcases some of the most unique and forward-thinking research in the discipline. Past conferences have included doctoral candidates in urban studies, urban planning and public policy from Columbia University, The New School, the University of Pennsylvania, and more.

The event is presented with financial support from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

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