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E2 - Towards a political agenda for urban resilience

Session Description

Facilitators: Matthias Garschagen, Head of Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and Adaptive Planning, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), UN University, Bonn, Germany; and
Hartmut Fünfgeld, Associate Professor, Sustainability and Urban Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


  • Katharina Schneider-Roos, Deputy Executive Director, Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB), Basel, Switzerland
  • Anna Marandi, Program Officer, Institute of Sustainable Communities, Montpelier, USA
  • Marcus Mayr, Urban Development Specialist, Cities and Climate Change, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Diane Archer, Senior Researcher, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK

Organized by: RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and UN University, Bonn, Germany


This session provides an opportunity to critically examine the political dimensions of urban resilience building efforts and initiatives, by drawing on experiences of leading practitioners, policy makers and scholars in this area. Brief case studies on applications of urban resilience thinking and concepts set the scene for a rich, facilitated discussion on whether and how we can better acknowledge the politics and political dynamics of urban resilience approaches.

The session aims to produce the skeleton of a new agenda for urban resilience that not only problematizes resilience as a highly politicized concept but also provides concrete ideas for supporting politicians, professionals and members of the public in navigating the political discourse and practical challenges associated with resilience goals, priorities and processes.