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E2 - Towards a political agenda for urban resilience

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


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.