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Call for Membership: International Working Group “Resilient Metropolitan Regions – Spatial Planning and Management for Urban Transformation”

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We are currently establishing the international working group “Resilient Metropolitan Regions – Spatial Planning and Management for Urban Transformation” and looking for participants! The call ends by December 15th, 2023.

The central objective of the working group is to make progress on questions of increasing resilience in spatial development using the example of selected metropolitan regions in German-speaking countries as well as Southwestern Europe. The group will contribute to an expansion of both spatial and planning theory as well as practical planning knowledge and discourse.

The following research questions are crucial:

  • Which fields of action and challenges for spatial planning result from the current multiple crisis?
  • How can the resilience of metropolitan regions be increased?
  • How can urban transformations address normative goals like justice and equality and thus contribute to a just and resilient transformation?
  • Which spatial planning instruments are suitable for promoting the transformation to resilient metropolitan regions, and which adjustments are necessary?
  • What institutional framework conditions are required to strengthen the resilience of metropolitan regions and to ensure their sustainable development?
  • Which strategic, planning, and organisational approaches in metropolitan regions can be established as "good examples" for other regions and should thus be further developed?

We are particularly interested in applications with a regional focus on sustainable and resilient urban planning and development in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France, as well as in Germany, Suisse, and Austria! We invite representatives of different disciplinary approaches (e.g., geography, spatial planning, environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, sociology) who have solid expertise on resilience, urban sustainable development, and spatial planning with a regional focus on Southern European metropolitan regions. Applications from both researchers and practitioners of all stages of experience, all gender and ages are welcome.

Applications should be submitted by December 15th, 2023.

If you are interested in applying, you can find further information in the call for membership (PDF).