Now celebrating its 6th year, the Urban Resilience Research Network (URNet) is leveraging its global network of scholars and partners to promote and co-organize the 11th International Forum on Urbanism Conference with the United Nation HABITAT City Resilience Profiling Program and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

URNet’s mission is to address the conceptualization and implementation of urban resilience from a multidisciplinary and multiscale approach, highlighted in research, blog posts, and invited contributions engaging with urban resilience of what, how, and for whom. Further advocated by the most prominent international agendas and frameworks for urban development, these resilience questions are now linked to other key urban goals such as sustainability. Unfortunately, many “resilient city” initiatives fail to integrate local communities or sustainability goals within their strategies. In some cases, pursuing resilience and sustainability to reduce specific risks and vulnerabilities leads to undesired outcomes, such as eco-gentrification or reinforcing ‘business as usual’ and unsustainable patterns of development. These problems highlight the need for a more integrated and inclusive approach to designing and managing urban resilience. The 11th International Forum on Urbanism will address this need by bringing together a wide range of global experts to discuss how we can minimize trade-offs and maximize synergies in efforts to enhance resilience and sustainability in the face of climatic, environmental, and socio-economic challenges. To this end, this 11th  International Forum on Urbanism banner will focus on the theme: “Reframing urban resilience implementation: Aligning sustainability and resilience

A global debate linking scholars and practitioners: two nested International Conferences

To maximize global participation in this debate on urban resilience and sustainability, the 11th International Forum on Urbanism Conference will have a special format – it will consist of two linked international conferences: (1) an international forum in Barcelona, Spain, and (2) an international forum in Jakarta, Indonesia. The first forum in Barcelona will take place from 10 to 15 December 2018 (specific times and dates TBD) and will be part of the event ‘Barcelona Resilience Week,’ during which the city celebrates its resilience with a range of public activities. The second forum in Jakarta (Indonesia) will be part of an international research conference tentatively scheduled for March 2019 (subject to change). With the involvement of UN Habitat as co-organizer, and the support of ICLEI, the Rockefeller 100RC initiative, METROPOLIS, the UNESCO IHE, the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and ECOLISE among others, we anticipate that the two forums will effectively and internationally link academics and practitioners.

How to contribute?

Although the 11th International Forum on Urbanism Conference is poised to advance urban resilience and sustainability globally, we wish to start the debate now. Addressing tough trade-offs and identifying synergies requires that we as a network take change and move beyond simply delivering a research presentation or publishing a conference proceeding. Moreover, consensus among the Urban Resilience Research Network is that nobody likes to write conference papers per se. Thus, we have created multiple options for conference participation for you to choose from:

  • Do you wish or need to write and have a paper published? We invite you to submit a paper to one of our four special issues in the international refereed journals supporting the conference;
  • Do you prefer to not write full papers, but still want to disseminate your findings, experience etc. and make a global impact with your thoughts? We invite you to contribute a blog post to be published in one of three prominent international blogs supporting the conference: The Nature of Cities (TNOC), the recently released UN HABITAT Urban Resilience Hub, the Association of European Schools of Planning YA or our blog. All blog posts will be considered “short conference papers,” and will also be published as conference proceedings with an ISBN.

To learn more about the event, please check out the new Conference Website. There you can learn more about the four proposed focus areas for the conference and you can then turn one of the proposed research questions (or one you feel is relevant and missing) into a novel abstract for publication in a journal or blog post. We also invite proposals for panels, side events, or orther ideas for how to make an impact in Barcelona and Jakarta and maximize the forum experience.

Abstract submission will open soon. We will keep you posted through our blog about the development of the 11th International Forum on Urbanism Conference and the interesting ideas, proposals, and debates you generate.

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