2018 APPAM International Conference



2018 Theme: Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development

The 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, will be held on July 19 – 20, 2018. Join us at the campus of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México (ITAM) are jointly organizing the 2018 conference. 

This conference will host nearly 60 sessions and three plenaries built around the seven primary policy areas. Attendees will also enjoy two receptions and generous lunch schedules for optimal networking opportunities. Join researchers from around the world as they share unique perspectives on sustainability and development.

Policy Areas Location & Travel Schedule
at a Glance
Participant Guidelines
Participant Guidelines


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Check the important attendee information before you travel!


Located in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, the 2018 conference comes some 18 months after the 2016 bi-decennial UN-Habitat III conference in Quito and the adoption of the “New Urban Agenda” (NUA). The NUA presents a paradigm shift based on the science of cities and lays out standards and principles for the planning, construction, development, management, and improvement of urban areas along its five main pillars of implementation: national urban policies, urban legislation and regulations, urban planning and design, local economy and municipal finance, and local implementation.

The NUA also incorporates the United Nations 2015 sustainable development agenda which sets goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, embodied in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs propose specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years and include: Poverty, Good Health and Wellbeing; Quality Education; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action, etc.

For further details on the New Urban Agenda and SDGs and targets, please visit the Habitat III and United Nations websites.   


Online registration is closed. Please register onsite to attend this conference.

Attendee Type Early (4/4 – 5/16) Regular (5/17 – 7/11) Onsite (7/19 7/20)
APPAM Member $260 $360 $415
Non-Member $315 $415 $460
APPAM Student Member* $115 $140 $165

* Student registration rate is available to APPAM student members only.
Student membership is $40/year; find additional information and benefits here.

Registrations can be cancelled and refunded until June 15th, less a $30 administration fee.
After June 15th, no refunds will be given for cancelled registrations.

Location & Travel

Conference location

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Campus Rio Hondo
Río Hondo #1
Col. Progreso Tizapán
CP. 01080. Del. Álvaro Obregón,
Mexico City, MEXICO


Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Av Capitan Carlos León S/N
Peñón de los Baños
Venustiano Carranza
15620 Ciudad de México
CDMX, Mexico

Distance to ITAM: 20-25 km, 15 miles
Taxi or Uber estimate: $15-20 USD, $200-300 Pesos

Those arriving at the international airport should take one of the approved taxis authorized by the SCT
Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes to provide service at the airport. Tickets are pre-repaid at one
of the several booths as you exit customs. Payment by credit card or cash. ATMs are also located at the exit.

Travel Documents and Advisories

A passport is needed to travel to Mexico. Please note that it can take up to six weeks to get or renew a passport.

Some countries may require a visa to travel to Mexico. All attendees are encouraged to consult their respective state departments to see if additional documentation is required to attend the conference. The United States does not currently require a visa for US-Mexico travel. Should your country require a specific invitation to obtain a visa, please contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org.

Many countries, including the United States, have issued travel advisories for Mexico. When planning your trip, especially to any areas outside of Mexico City, please exercise caution and consult with your respective state departments if you have any safety questions or concerns.


ITAM, the conference venue, is located approximately one and a half hours outside of downtown Mexico City. The hotels below are the closest in proximity to the venue and are therefore recommneded by APPAM. Room blocks are not established at these properties but the APPAM website will be updated weekly with the current rates and availability. APPAM will provide morning, mid-day, and evening shuttle service to these hotels.  If you would like to stay at a different hotel, transportation to the conference will not be provided.

For your convenience, please use this interactive Google map with the shuttle hotels, current prices, and conference location. The map will be updated each Wednesday with up-to-date rates and availability.

Please note: the Stara San Angel Inn is now sold out on Wedesnday, July 18th.

Stara San Angel Inn
Segunda Cerrada San Ángel Inn 4
Lomas de San Ángel Inn
01790 Ciudad de México
CDMX, Mexico

Distance to ITAM: 1.6 km, 1 mile
Taxi or Uber estimate: $2 USD, $30-40 Pesos

Krystal Grand Suites Insurgentes
Insurgentes Sur 1991
San Ángel
01020 Ciudad de México
CDMX, Mexico

Distance to ITAM: 2.2 km, 1.5 miles
Taxi or Uber estimate: $2.50 USD, $35-45 Pesos

Fiesta Inn Insurgentes Sur
Calle Mercaderes 20
San José Insurgentes
03900 Ciudad de México
CDMX, Mexico

Distance to ITAM: 4 km, 2.2 miles
Taxi or Uber estimate: $3.50 USD, $55-65 Pesos

City Express Plus Insurgentes Sur
Av. Insurgentes Sur No. 1581
Col. San José Insurgentes
Ciudad de México
México. C.P. 03900

Distance to ITAM: 4 km, 2.2 miles
Taxi or Uber estimate: $3.50 USD, $55-65 Pesos

Shuttles and Taxis

These four hotels will have limited shuttle service on both Thursday and Friday of the conference. Depending on demand and availability, the conference shuttle will run twice in the morning, once midday, and twice in the late afternoon. These shuttles will be on a first come, first serve basis and the shuttles will not make special trips. Once finalized, we will share the official shuttle schedule via email and on our website so you can plan your schedule accordingly. If alternate transportation is needed, please download and utilize the Uber mobile phone app (you will need to set up an International phone plan before your trip). You can calculate your estimated Uber fare here. ITAM’s Rio Hondo campus address is: Río Hondo 1, Altavista, 01080 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico.

Taxis are relatively low cost in Mexico City, but it is suggested that conference participants either call for one at the hotel or from a fixed taxi rank (rather than hail a taxi on the street). This ensures that the ride is logged. Uber is also widely available across the city. Private hotel taxis usually do not run on a meter, so it is best to check the likely fare at the outset.   

Those arriving at the international airport should take one of the approved taxis authorized by the SCT Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes to provide service at the airport. Tickets are pre-repaid at one of the several booths as you exit customs. Payment by credit card or cash. ATMs are also located at the exit.

Mexico City also has a good Metro & Metrobus network which is cheap but tends can be rather overcrowded and vulnerable to pickpockets, and is not advisable for travel to or from the airport. Tickets must be purchased (in national currency) prior to entering platforms. For exploration and tourism outside of the city various classes of busses are available and are relatively cheap, but you are advised to take the highest class available (toilets on board, reclining sears, etc.).  Many larger hotels also offer private half-day and full-day tourist tours (to the pyramids and nearby cities such as Puebla and Taxco) geared especially to foreign visitors.

Schedule at a Glance

Explore the core policy areas and categories and view the conference program as a PDF.


Thursday, July 19

8:15 am - 9:15 am Breakfast and Registration
9:15 am - 10:30 am

Opening Plenary Session
Environmental Challenges andSustaina bility of Large Metro Areas

Adapting to environmental challenges requires attention to vulnerability and the goals of policy, as well as attention to collaboration from the social and natural sciences and the technology industries. Exclusively planned by the host university, and moderated by ITAM Professor Dr. Juan Carlos Belausteguigoitia-Rius, this plenary will delve into environmental challenges in Mexico City.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Plenary Session
Presidential Election Results: The Implications of the July 1 Electionsfor the Public Policy Agenda,Directions, and Implementation

On July 1st, Mexico will elect a new President for a non-renewable six year term starting December 1st, 2018, along with a new Congress and almost 3000 local mayors and seven governors who will take office in September. Focusing primarily upon the Presidency, expert academic panelists will offer commentary on the likely policy directions and challenges facing the new administration in relation to Mexico-US Relations across several principal sectors: trade, energy, migration, governance and political reform, and international relations writ large.


  • Antonio Azuela, IIS at the UNAM, and former Attorney General for the Environment
  • Amparo Casar PhD, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City
  • Manuel González Oropeza, PhD, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM and former Minister of the Federal Electoral Court, 2006-16
  • Vidal Romero, Departamento Académico de Ciencia Política, ITAM
  • Duncan Wood, Director of Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception and Posters


Friday, July 20

8:15 am - 9:15 am Breakfast and Registration
9:15 am - 10:45 am Concurrent Sessions
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Plenary Session
Metropolitan Sustainability andMayo ral Challenges for Large Multi-Jurisdictional Cities

This panel will feature six current and past mayors from Mexico and the USA to discuss the complex policy challenges of achieving sustainable governance across a metropolitan area comprising multiple jurisdictions and governments. The conversation will focus upon two dimensions of governance: environmental policy and resilience; and planning and public engagement. Conference participants may also be interested in watching Evan Smith's interview with Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City.


  • Serge Dedina PhD, Mayor of Imperial Beach, California and Executive Director of Wildcoast
  • The Hon. Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, 2009-14; US Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, 2014-16
  • Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez, Former Secretario de Gobierno, and Jefe de Gobierno [Mayor] of Mexico City, 2005-06
  • Jorge Morales Barud, PhD, Former Governor of State of Morelos, and Mayor of Cuernavaca, 2013-15
  • Hector Robles Peiro, PhD.  Former mayor of Zapopan, Guadalajara
  • Peter M. Ward,  Professor, Dept. of Sociology and at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin (Moderator)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Closing Reception

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