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Contribute to the last discussion on Urban Resilience and Transition

During the last Resilience conference “Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation”, held in Montpellier, France (May 4-8), a debate about urban resilience and transition was launched in order to bring urban resilience framework forward. Prof. Thomas Elmqvist and Prof. Stephan Barthel (from Stockholm Resilience Centre) jointly with Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki (Dutch Research Institute For Transitions) and Dr. Lorenzo Chelleri (Gran Sasso Science Institute) coordinated a session titled “transformative capacities, resilience and sustainability – challenges and opportunities in urban development”.

The assumption that resilience needs to be driven toward sustainability, equity and through transformative change has been highlighted from different scholars, highlighting the tensions and differences between adaptation and transformation (see Pelling 2010, or Redman 2014). Thoughtful interventions by Dr. Haase (Humboldt University), Dr. Baró (UAB Barcelona University), Dr. Gomez-Baggethun (Oxford University), Dr. Andersson (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Prof McPhearson (New York New School), Prof Tidball (Princeton University), Dr. Collier (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr. Henfrey (Schumacher Institute) underlined meanings, interpretations, spatial and temporal scales influences and behavioral aspects embedded within such discussion.

An email address was created in order to allow any interested researcher to contribute to this discussion. Write us at urbanresilienceforward[ at] and tell us your point of view about how such tensions between the resilience or transformative perspectives influence urban development!

Join our PhD Workshop at Resilience Conference

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Join our PhD Workshop “framing urban resilience, innovation and development”

Meet us at the Third International Science and policy Conference on the resilience of social & ecological systems, Montpellier, France

Celebrating three years from its inception, URB-Net has organized a PhD workshop to be held during Resilience Conference 2014, on May the 7th, from 11.30am to 12.30 (room JOFREE 1-1).
We have planned six presentations from our network members to briefly introduce how they frame resilience in their research, which the object is, which methods they use and what resilience brings to their research on urban systems that other frameworks and approaches lack. Afterwards, an invited round table with seniors will open the discussion to help framing resilience in the context of innovation and urban development. You can download the session program here

Our First Book on Urban Resilience Available ONLINE

We are pleased to announce that our first joint publication “Multidisciplinary perspectives on urban resilience” is finally available ONLINE after its successful presentation at the Urban Sustainaurnetpostbility and Resilience Conference 2012, at the UCL Centre of Urban Sustainability & Resilience (London, UK, 5-6 November).
This publication, which has been written jointly by the members of this network, comprises a review and discussion of examples showing how resilience is applied to different contexts. As a first step in understanding these contexts, we hope this compilation will inspire readers to create ways of complementing sustainability science with resilience thinking.

Download the book here for free and spread the word within your community

“Multidisciplinaryperspectives on urban resilience: a workshop report” Chelleri L. and Olazabal M. (eds.) 2012. Bilbao:Basque Centre for Climate Change. ISBN 978-84-695-6025-9

Feel free to mail us if you have any comment or feedback. This initiative is just the starting point from what we believe it will be a long collaborative research. We’re actively working within an international network of young researchers and your ideas, comments and participation are more than welcome. We plan future publications and workshops for 2013. You can use both our mailing list and personal e-mails to contact us (See contact section).