6b. Urban and Regional Resilience

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Track Chairs

  • Janaina Macke, University of Caxias do Sul (UCS), Brazil.
  • Annamaria Orban, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary.
  • Lorenzo Chelleri, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Spain.
  • Regine Ortlepp, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Germany.

Goals and Objectives of the Track

This track focuses on advancing our knowledge of what makes communities, cities, and regions more resilient in the face of accelerating and interconnected shocks and stresses, from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change. The concept of resilience is closely related to sustainability and integral to the Sustainable Development Goals, but it is not limited to environmental challenges. Resilience represents an interdisciplinary, holistic, and proactive approach for tackling interconnected and complex problems that cut across the urban-rural divide. The Resilience Alliance defines social-ecological resilience as a system’s ability to withstand change and still maintain the same functions and structures, to self-organize, and to learn and adapt. It is necessary to seek a balance between resilience as an attempt to maintain the status quo and transformative resilience, which seeks to avoid collapse through change. This regular and rhythmic dance between chaos and order, between stability and transformation is fundamental to complex adaptive systems.

Similarly, urban and regional resilience is not just the ability to withstand or bounce back from crises, but to proactively transform unsustainable and unjust systems and behaviors. It encompasses different actors, sectors, and systems across spatial and temporal scales. Human health and wellbeing must be at the heart of any effort to build urban or regional resilience, but balancing human demands with the resilience of the more-than-human opens the door to alternative perspectives on what constitutes resilient ‘outcomes’ and over what timeframe(s). This further complicates debates on the resilience of urban and regional systems and highlights the importance of interspecies and intergenerational justice. Today, COVID19 is changing the way we perceive urban spaces, how we live them, and thus the relationship between urban centers and surrounding regions. It is increasingly clear that urban resilience is not only an issue that concerns cities, but also entire regions.

The aim of the sessions in this track is to bring together the latest insights on what urban and regional resilience means in today’s world in crisis. We also aim to identify innovations that are enhancing communities’ resilience (broadly defined) in different urban areas or regions.

Examples of topics that would fit in this track include:

  • Strategies, plans, policies, and adaptation measures to enhance urban and regional resilience
  • Characteristics and metrics for urban and regional resilience
  • Methodological developments in studying urban and regional resilience
  • Synergies and tradeoffs in resilience strategies across different shocks and stresses, systems, or scales
  • Changes in people’s perceptions and demands as a result of crises and shocks, and how this affects resilience priorities
  • Differing narratives of resilience and how this affects both policy and practice
  • Cases of regional resilience and lessons from applied experiences
  • Critiques of the SDGs in relation to urban and regional resilience

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Proposed abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words (including everything):

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g. intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND COURAGE: CULTURE, ART AND HUMAN RIGHTS”).

Potential publication channels

Depending on the number and quality of contributions to the track, the following publication opportunities have already been envisioned:


Deadline for submitting abstracts: See Submissions