The University of Technology, Jamaica will be our hosts for the 8th Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF2018) to be held from 27th -29th June 2018 at the UTECH campus, Jamaica.


The Call for Abstracts is available here CUF2018-Call for Abstracts UTECH The deadline is extended till 15th April 2018.


We have opened registration.  Send an email to for payment transfer information.


Early bird registration (before 25th May 2018) is US$325.

Regular registration is US$375 (after 26th May 2018)

Presenter’s registration is US$275. 



We have negotiated rates at the following hotels for participants between 25th 29th June 2018:

Courtleigh Hotel & Suites 

                                           Single                       Double 

Deluxe room                       US$140                      US$150

One bedroom suite             US$175                      US$185


Knutsford Court Hotel 

                                           Single                       Double 

Standard Room                  US$98                       US$108

Superior room                    US$116                     US$126


Jamaica Pegasus

,                                            Single                       Double 

Deluxe room                       US$140                      US$160


There is a service charge of 10%, a government tax of 16.5%, a room tax of US$4 and an Energy Surcharge of US$8 on all rooms above. 

Hotel notes for Pegasus:

1)      Download and complete the form  JPH Booking Form – UTECH Caribbean Urban Forum (June 24 – 30, 2019)  Please return to /  or by fax.  This rate offer must be booked directly with the hotel.  It cannot be booked on line.

2)      The rates for each room category and the hotel contact details are included on the form.

3)      The room rates are applicable for the period June 24 – 30, 2019.  Persons can book to stay any number of nights necessary.  A different rate will apply outside of this agreed period.

4)      Persons wishing to book will provide us with their credit card details, one night’s room rate will be charged to the card to guarantee the booking. Full payment will be charged to the card on arrival.  Persons who do not cancel their reservation and do not arrive as booked will be charged one night’s cancellation fee.  A credit card authorization form is attached to the Reservation Form which can be used to authorize the card payment.

5)     The room block will be released on May 25, 2018.  Persons wishing to book after the booking deadline will be booked at the best available rate at the time of booking.

5)      All rates quoted are per room, per night. Rates include daily buffet breakfast served in our Blue Window Restaurant.

The hotel offers complimentary wifi access in bedrooms and public areas for all guests.

 We look forward to hosting the guests attending the Caribbean Urban Forum.



The current list of presentations and panels include:

Sub-Theme:  Managing informality

  • Investment for Sustainability of Informal Traditional Settlements:  The Case of al-Ghat, Saudi Arabia – Prof. Dr. Hisham Mortada  (Saudi Arabia)
  • An Institutional View on Legitimizing the Informal: The Case of Parish Councils and National Disaster Risk Management in Barbados – Kalim U. Shah
  • An equitable economic approach to urban upgrading – Jota Samper & Carlos Escobar
  •  Informal settlements in Georgetown: implications for urban economic development – A Case Study – Georgetown, Guyana – Chrisandrea Limburg-Fernandes
  • Strategies for reducing the disaster risks associated with informal settlements in Jamaica – Kimberly Burrowes


Sub-theme: Formal/Informal City

  • The Revitalization of the Informal City – Edwin R Quiles Rodríguez (Puerto Rico)
  • The reconstruction of informal settlements after hurricane María – Edwin R Quiles Rodríguez, Elio Martínez Joffre and Rafael Reyes Navarro
  • Measure the dynamics of informal settlements in the Caribbean through the usage of UAV’s and GIS applications – Dr. Kerry-Ann Thompson, Dr. Romain Cruse, Steeven Maizeroi (Martinique).
  • La ville des rastas de la Caraïbe  – Philippe Kenjah YERRO
  • Confronting the Challenges of managing Informal Settlements: A critical review of the case of “Plastic City”, Guyana – Paulette Bynoe, Rawle Edinboro, Dina Benn


Subtheme The Formal/Informal Actor

  • Fight, Squat, Resist – The Housing Alternatives of Social Movements in Brazil – Pedro Rivera (Brazil) –
  • Congestion and the Formal and Informal Sector: Kingston and Rio de Janeiro – Terrianna Selby (Jamaica)  (Can also be under Social Equity: Measuring Change)
  • Participatory approaches to urban planning in the informal neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince. –  Anna Calogero & Benjamin Biscan


Sub-theme: Social growth and measuring change

  • Urban growth and inequality in access to public services to urban areas in Haiti – Benjamin Biscan & Anna Calogero


Subtheme: Design: Past, Present and Future Strategies

  • Impact of Traffic Calming Measures on Land Uses in Guyana – Danniebelle Mohabir and Lawrence Mentis
  • Whose gets to play? The Urban Marketplace” – Abigail Moriah and Sonide Simon Romain
  • Reconstruction and informality, approaches and tools adopted by the European Union’s PARAQ programme in Haiti – Silvère Jarrot
  • Fort-de-France, formelle et Informelle, unique et plurielle – Bruno Carrer*
  • La Ciudad Informal – Orlando Inclan and Suleidys Alvarez Albejale


  1. Transitional Urbanism in Ayiti: Law, Decentralization & (In)Formality – Panel Contact: Sophonie M Joseph
  2. Disaster Resilience  – Jeremy Colymore (UWI)
  3. Problem Based Learning – CITYLABS CAR project
  4. Urban Policy – Caribbean Development Bank


For further information on general conference as well as the events being held prior to CUF2018, please contact:


Dr. Carol Archer

Chair, Local Organising Committee

University of Technology, Jamaica

Phone (876) 970-5480 ext 2480




Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management

Phone (868) 662-2002 ext 83398