Urban sustainability is understood as a broad concept that encompasses social and economic development as well as environmental management and urban governance, while the analysis of resilience goes beyond an understanding of natural hazards or climate change and their repercussions. To be resilient, in the DLGS perspective, also includes strategies to prevent and recover from urban and regional distress and decline, and to cope with new social and economic challenges.
Furthermore, in contrast to traditional approaches, the understanding of urban inclusiveness includes a spatial, social and economic dimension rather than the classic perspective of physical upgrading. Finally, a sustainable, resilient and inclusive city meets its challenges through integrated approaches that Specifically, the DLGS is interested in the analysis of sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness in the four fields.
Specific research interests integrate social, economic and environmental aspects, recognisingand promoting their required interconnections to achieve sustainable development in all its dimensions. Doctoral theses at the DLGS are intended to contribute to the theoretical discussion and to methodological issues through the analysis of empirical cases.