Resilience in Urban and Regional Development. From Concept to Implementation

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International Conference

  • March 27-28, 2014
  • Conference Centre Reinhardtstraßenhöfe
    Reinhardtstraße 12 – 14
    10117 Berlin


In contrast to sustainability, the definition of resilience relates to the ability of ecosystems to absorb shocks and disruptions and to maintain central functions in a system to the greatest possible extent even when exposed to stress. Of significance here is not only the development of robust and resistant structures, but also the establishment of a regional system with a high level of adaptive capacity that can both reactively and proactively adjust to changing framework conditions. A resilient urban region is characterised particularly by ecological, economic and social integrity.

The aim of the conference, to be held in 2014, is to position and embed the concept of resilience in the theoretical context, to define determinants of resilience, and to illustrate the various perspectives of resilience research. The operationalisation and empirical investigation of regional and urban resilience are particular focuses of interest. An especial aim is, for instance, to present proposals for measuring concepts, indicators and investigative strategies so that empirical findings can provide a basis for developing practical guidelines and recommendations for action for the various actors in spatial planning and spatial development. In the last decade the concept of urban and regional resilience has been much discussed and has been further developed in many areas. Today academics, politicians and decision-makers are concerned with the question of how resilience in cities and regions emerges and can be developed. However, in particular the practical instrumentalisation of the resilience concept, and the measurability and empirical verification of resilience have to date been very little researched and should be discussed within the framework of this conference.   

It is planned that papers based on the presentations will be published in a refereed scientific journal.



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Thursday, 27 March 2014

13:00  Admission, Registration, Coffee

13:30  Welcome
Prof. Dr. Rainer Danielzyk, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Hannover
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Müller, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden

13:45  Agency, Choice and Agenda: Developing Perspectives on Economic Resilience
Prof. Gillian Bristow
, Ph.D., Cardiff University

14:30  Urban Decline, Resilience and Change: How do Cities and Regions Adapt to Socioeconomic Crisis?
Dr. Thilo Lang
, Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig

15:15  Coffee Break

15:45  Session 1: Concepts, Interrelations and Determinants

1   Social Transformation towards Urban Resilience: The Applicability of Theories and Models for Planning Practice (Jenny Atmanagara)
2   Resilience as a Multidimensional Term in the World of Science (Nelya Rakhimova)
3   Urban Resilience to 'Slow Burn' (Lita Akmentina)
4   Transfer of Ecological Resilience Models to Economic Concepts of Resilience: Related Variety and Regional Economic Resilience (Daan Peer Schneider)
5   Theoretical and Empirical Lessons from Neo-Institutional Theory to Study Urban and Regional Resilience (Martin Stumpler)

15:45  Session 2: Themes and Perspectives of Regional and Urban Resilience

1   Reframing Regional Governance towards Resilience: Lessons from Environmental Governance (Marco Pütz)
2   Flood Resilience from an Evolutionary Perspective: How to Deal with Flexibility vs. Robustness in Spatial Planning (Barbara Tempels)
3   Regional Resilience Improvement by Innovative Approaches in Management of External Shocks (Maros Finka)
4   Governance for Resilience: Responding to the Complexities of Urban Densification (Rachna Leveque)
5   Building Adaptive Resilience to the Lack of Specialised Workforce? Insights from East German Regions (Stefan Esch)

18:15  End of Day One


Friday, 28  March 2014

9:00  Session 3: Operationalisation of Resilience

1   From Theory to Practice: Articulating Urban Resilience through Measurable Factors (Braulio Eduardo Morera)
2   Determination of regional Resilience by Means of the Vulnerability Assessment in the Face of Rising Fuel Prices (Benjamin Büttner)
3   Measuring Peak Oil Resilience in a Regional Context (Gernot Stöglehner)
4   European Regions, the Great Recession and its Aftermath – Identifying the Determinants of Regional Economic Resilience from a Multi-Level Perspective (Christian Hundt)
5   Exploring Factors of Organizational Resilience: Scale Development and Validation (Julia Hillmann)

9:00  Session 4: Implementation of Resilience Strategies

1   Analysing Resilience in Flood Risk Management Strategies of Key Stakeholders in the City of Accra (Raphael A. Atanga)
2   Developing Community Resilience through Community Based Housing Reconstruction Projects Approaches in Indonesia (Gunawan Sudiyono)
3   Exploring Adaptive Forms of Strategic Spatial Planning to Make Urban Regions more Flood Resilient – the Cases of London and Rotterdam (Britta Restemeyer)
4   Transformative Urban and Regional Resilience. Paths and Barriers in Spatial Planning (Sonja Deppisch)

11:30  Coffee Break

12:00  Urban and Regional Resilience
Prof. Dr. Edward Blakely, University of Sydney, Australia

12:45  Beyond Fuzziness – Approaches to Urban and Regional Resilience
Dr. Paulina Schiappacasse, Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)

13:30  Summary and Outlook
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Müller, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden

14:00  End of Conference


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The conference on "Resilience in Urban and Regional Development. From Concept to Implementation" is being organised by the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS). The DLGS is sponsored jointly by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER), the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL).



Please address any enquiries regarding the call for papers or the conference to:

Dr. Andreas Klee, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL):
(for content-related questions)

Angélique Griguhn, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL):
(for organisational queries)