Urban Regions under Change: towards social-ecological resilience (URC 2014)

Deadline: 15 May 2014 - 5:00pm

Dates: 26 - 27 May 2014

Website: http://planbaltic.hcu-hamburg.de/URC2014/

Where: Handwerkskammer Hamburg, Holstenwall 12, 20355 Hamburg, Germany

The Urban Regions under Change (URC) 2014 conference brings together international experts and researchers from a broad range of disciplines such as physical- and social geography, planning, landscape ecology, governance, sociology etc. to discuss the topic of dealing with change in the context of urban and regional development in European urban regions. Recent years have shown an increase in the number of inter- and transdisciplinary research projects, especially on the topic of dealing with the effects of climate change. Other change related issues, such as demographic change and globalisation, show similarities in the way these issues can be dealt with in the context of urban and regional development, making it attractive to approach such questions in an integrative manner. During the conference, the latest research results and experiences from practice will be presented and discussed. To bridge gaps between the different disciplines, the presentations share a social-ecological systems perspective on urban regions. An important question throughout the conference will be how inter- and transdisciplinary research can foster the transfer of research results and recommendations into practice.

The presentations during the conference will be divided into two tracks, each addressing issues of dealing with change in the context of urban and regional development with a social ecological perspective on cities and urban regions. The first track addresses the challenges cities and urban regions are facing when confronted with change, whereas the second track focuses on the development of solutions to deal with change and the challenges for decision making. Both tracks however have a practice oriented approach, concentrating on the question what the results and experiences mean for the practice of urban and regional development towards resilient cities. The submitted abstracts were reviewed by a scientific committee before acceptance.

Track 1: Challenges to urban development
The papers that are presented in this track deal with the question how change manifests itself in an urban context and provide possible answers on how to deal with these challenges in the context of urban and regional development. Typical questions that will be dealt with in this track are related to how long term processes of change, such as climate change and demographic change, influence the structure and functioning of urban social-ecological systems. As such, the papers provide answers to the question which consequences these long term processes can have, but also which solutions can be found to deal with these consequences, to alter processes of urban and regional development towards social-ecological resilience.

Track 2: Challenges in decision making under change
The papers that are presented in this track provide insights into the challenges of dealing with change in the context of governance and urban planning and development. The presentations on the one hand provide answers to the question how current practices in decision making processes about dealing with change are organized and which experiences can be derived from these on-going practices. On the other hand, they deal with the question how structures of governance and urban planning and development should be altered, changed or transformed to deal with change and to increase social-ecological resilience.

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