BLOXHUB SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN RESILIENCE

The summer school will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, during an intensive eight days course from 12-19 September 2019 in Copenhagen.

The summer school aims at providing multi-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives on the different global and local challenges in cities of the Global South and the Global North.

Through lectures and problem-based workshops using Copenhagen’s real-life experience and challenges as a living laboratory, the participants will also gain necessary skills and knowledge to develop informed policies, strategies, plans and solutions for urban resilience.

Read & download the call for participation here.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 23 June!

More information will be added continuously

Introduction

Today over 50% of world population lives in urban areas, and cities account for 60-80% of global energy consumption and the same level of greenhouse gases  missions, producing 50% of global waste, consuming 75% of natural resources and producing 80% of global GDP. Cities and their populations are vulnerable and increasingly exposed to rapid and slow on-setting climate and environmental disasters, which frequency and intensity is growing exponentially. Cities are also major centers of economic activity, social life and culture, innovation and knowledge-creation.

Urban resilience aims at increasing the ability of urban systems, to respond systemically and dynamically to present and future shock and stresses related to major global challenges as: unsustainable development patterns, rapid and unplanned urbanization, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Urban resilience is instrumental to address both causes and effects of these mayor global challenges, re-thinking the way in which cities are designed, planned and managed, at the same time fostering innovation. 

The scientific research on urban resilience has been exponentially growing in the last decade, parallelly a growing number of cities worldwide started developing resilience related plans and actions, following the recommendations and prescriptions national and international policies international policies, as: Sustainable  development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. 

The key challenge for urban resilience is to co-develop and harmonize scientific and practice led knowledge to support informed and science-based decision and policy making, to enable our cities to evolve and innovate.

Course Description

The BLOXHUB Summer School on Urban Resilience will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers during and intensive eight days course from 12-19 September 2019 at Bloxhub in Copenhagen. The summer school aims at providing the participants with the latest knowledge on urban resilience research, practice and policies through lectures; and to co-develop their skills and knowledge on planning for urban resilience using Copenhagen’s real-life experience and challenges as a living laboratory, through a problem-based workshops.

The summer school goal is to bring together  multi-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives, from science and practice, on the different global and local  challenges faced by cities, and to provide a process design methodology and the necessary skills to developed informed policies, strategies, plans and solutions for urban resilience, that can be later used in the specific context of work of the participants. 

The lectures will provide an overview on major international policies in relation to urban resilience (Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction), key practices worldwide including those developed in the frame of major international organizations (e.g. UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Program, ICLEI), and the latest developments and perspectives for research.

The lectures will also address key cross-sectorial and thematic issues, including: multi-level governance, finance, generation of co-benefits, nature-based solutions, appropriate technology, participatory processes and stakeholder’s involvement, urban metabolism, circular economy, planning
and design.

The workshop will give the opportunity to the participants to engage, through group work, with real-life problems and challenges faced by The City of Copenhagen, and to develop a strategy and action plan following a process design methodology, that includes specific methods as system analysis, forecasting, vision and backcasting of future scenarios, monitoring and evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

The participants will develop their knowledge on:

  • the basis of urban resilience science, and the development of resilience research in different disciplinary contexts;
  • international policies (Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction);
  • national policies regarding climate adaptation and mitigation, including urban content of Nationally Determined Contributions and urban aspects of National Adaptations Plan and Policies;
  • urban resilience practices with specific case studies from cities worldwide, including strategic plans, action plans, and technological solutions.

The participants will develop competencies on the use of:

  • process design methodology for urban resilience;
  • system thinking for the analysis of urban shock and stresses;
  • different future scenarios methods: forecasting, visioning and backcasting.
Target Groups

Scientist and researchers: including PhD candidates, post-docs, research fellows and lecturers from universities and research organizations.

Practitioners: including policymakers, from national and subnational governments and public organizations, officers from international and intergovernmental organizations, staff from private profit and non-profit organizations.

Participants with different disciplinary background are welcome: including engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, economic and social sciences.

English language proficiency is required.

Course Structure (schedule)

The first day will start with a welcome and introduction on the summer school activities, followed by a technical visit to current resilient projects in Copenhagen and to understand the cities’ challenges.

From day 2 to 7 there will be morning lectures delivered by lead practitioners and researchers, and workgroups in the afternoon working on Copenhagen’s real-life challenges.

The last day the participants will finalize their work and present it to a panel of experts that will assess it.

Important Dates

Open submission: 15 May 2019
The extended deadline for submissions: 23 June 2019
Course date: 12-19 September 2019

Application Procedure

The Summer School Urban Resilience is targeted at practitioners, scientists, and researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds including engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, economic, and social sciences.

There is a limited number of places available, therefore the participants will be competitively selected according to their curriculum vitae, motivation letter, and the application form.

In order to apply, send the following documents to tek-ura@iti.sdu.dk indicating ‘Application BLOXHUB-SSUR’ in the subject line:

  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • motivation letter, explaining in 300 to 500 words why you would like to participate in this summer school, how it can help your academic and professional development, as well as, what are your competencies and expertise you can contribute with to the summer school.
  • The application form (download)

Please note that mandatory documents are to be uploaded as a single .pdf file.

Deadlines:
The extended deadline for applications is June 23rd, 2019.

Fees

There is a fee for participants of 1400 EUR.
Successful candidates will receive information about the modes of payment once admitted.

The application fee includes:

  • Site visits
  • Coffee breaks
  • Downloadable learning materials
  • Participation diploma
  • Welcome package

The application fee does not include:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel expenses
  • Meals
  • Visa expenses

A substantial fee reduction is foreseen for participants from low-income countries.
The participants shall request the fee reduction during the application. Each request will be assessed individually.
To verify your initial eligibility for the reduced fee (country classification) please refer to the World Bank Country and Lending Groups.

Logistic

The course is hosted by BLOXHUB in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Organizers

Partners

With financial support from

Lecturers

Alexandros Makarigakis

Alexandros Makarigakis

Programme Specialist, Water for Human Settlements, International Hydrological Progamme,SC/HYD/GSS, Natural Sciences Sector United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO

Anna Esbjørn

Anna Esbjørn

Programme Manager – Futures Cities CONCITO – Denmark’s Green Think Tank

Carina Borgström-Hansson

Carina Borgström-Hansson

Senior Advisor, WWF Cities, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Dražen Kučan

Dražen Kučan

Lead Urban Development and Energy Efficiency Specialist, Green Climate Fund

Emmanuel Raju

Emmanuel Raju

Assistant Professor Global Health Section University of Copenhagen

Esteban León

Esteban León

Head of the City Resilience Profiling Programme, UN-Habitat

Federico Villatico Campbell

Federico Villatico Campbell

Regional Manager – LAC, West and Central Africa CTCN, Climate Technology Centre and Network

Francesca Cappellaro

Francesca Cappellaro

PhD, Researcher at ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Sustainability Department, Circular Economy Section

Francesco Musco

Francesco Musco

Associate Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning IUAV University of Venice

Grazia Brunetta

Grazia Brunetta

Full Professor in Regional and Urban Planning, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino, Coordinator of Responsible Risk Resilience Centre – R3C, Politecnico di Torino

Jordi Morato

Jordi Morato

Founding Member of RECNET. Recycling the City Network Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at UPC

Jungwoo Chun

Jungwoo Chun

PhD student, Environmental Policy and Planning Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Katarzyna (Kasia) Wieszczeczynska

Katarzyna (Kasia) Wieszczeczynska

SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark

Magnus Qvant

Magnus Qvant

Co-Founder, Nordic Urban Resilience Institute (NURI)

Marcus Mayr

Marcus Mayr

Urban Climate Change Specialist, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

María Máñez Costa

María Máñez Costa

Scientist, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz Center Geesthacht

Marianne Skov

Marianne Skov

Flood Risk Specialist, Rambøll

Maryke van Staden

Maryke van Staden

Manager of the Low Emissions Development Program, Director of Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn Center), Director of Business Development at ICLEI World Secretariat

Matthias Garschagen

Matthias Garschagen

Professor, Dept. of Geography, Teaching and Research Unit for Human-Environment Relations Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Morten Birkved

Morten Birkved

Professor wsp, SDU Life Cycle Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, University of Southern Denmark

Nicola Tollin

Nicola Tollin

Professor wsr in Urban Resilience, SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark

Ombretta Caldarice

Ombretta Caldarice

Research Assistant in Regional and Urban Planning, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino

Roberto Rocco

Roberto Rocco

Associate Professor of spatial planning and strategy, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology

Rojina Manandhar

Rojina Manandhar

Programme Officer, Adaptation Programme United Nations Climate Change Secretariat

Sanjaya Bhatia

Sanjaya Bhatia

Head of Office Incheon, Office for Northeast Asia (ONEA) and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Saleemul Huq

Saleemul Huq

Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)

Simone Sandholz

Simone Sandholz

Associate Academic Officer, United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Signe Barnes

Signe Barnes

Market Chief Denmark, SCALGO Assistant Professor, Aarhus University

Stelios Grafakos

Stelios Grafakos

Principal Economist, Office of Thought Leadership, Global Green Growth Institute

Umberto Janin Rivolin Yoccoz

Umberto Janin Rivolin Yoccoz

Full Professor in Spatial Planning Politecnico di Torino

Vittore Negretto

Vittore Negretto

PhD student, IUAV University of Venice

Expert Committee

Alexandros Makarigakis

Alexandros Makarigakis

Programme Specialist, Water for Human Settlements, International Hydrological Progamme, SC/HYD/GSS, Natural Sciences Sector United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO

Christian Barthelt

Christian Barthelt

Senior Project Manager, Munich Re Foundation

Dražen Kučan

Dražen Kučan

Lead Urban Development and Energy Efficiency Specialist, Green Climate Fund

Esteban León

Esteban León

Head of the City Resilience Profiling Programme, UN-Habitat

Federico Villatico Campbell

Federico Villatico Campbell

Regional Manager – LAC, West and Central Africa CTCN, Climate Technology Centre and Network

Felix Döhler

Felix Döhler

Policy Advisor on Cities and Climate Change, Sector Project Urbanisation, GIZ Bonn

Francesco Musco

Francesco Musco

Associate Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning IUAV University of Venice

Grazia Brunetta

Grazia Brunetta

Full Professor in Regional and Urban Planning, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino, Coordinator of Responsible Risk Resilience Centre – R3C, Politecnico di Torino

Jennifer Lenhart

Jennifer Lenhart

Global Lead, WWF CITIES, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Jordi Morato

Jordi Morato

Founding Member of RECNET. Recycling the City Network Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at UPC

Koko Warner

Koko Warner

PhD, Manager of the "Impacts, Vulnerability, & Risks" subprogramme, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Magnus Qvant

Magnus Qvant

Co-Founder, Nordic Urban Resilience Institute (NURI)

Marcus Mayr

Marcus Mayr

Urban Climate Change Specialist, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

María Máñez Costa

María Máñez Costa

Scientist, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz Center Geesthacht

Maryke van Staden

Maryke van Staden

Manager of the Low Emissions Development Program, Director of Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn Center), Director of Business Development at ICLEI World Secretariat

Matthias Garschagen

Matthias Garschagen

Professor, Dept. of Geography, Teaching and Research Unit for Human-Environment Relations Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Mikkel Kragh

Mikkel Kragh

Head of Unit, Professor SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark

Ombretta Caldarice

Ombretta Caldarice

Research Assistant in Regional and Urban Planning, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino

Roberto Rocco

Roberto Rocco

Associate Professor of spatial planning and strategy, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology

Saleemul Huq

Saleemul Huq

Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)

Sanjaya Bhatia

Sanjaya Bhatia

Head of Office Incheon, Office for Northeast Asia (ONEA) and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Sarder Shafiqul Alam

Sarder Shafiqul Alam

Coordinator, Urban Climate Change Programme and Country Coordinator, ACCCRN Bangladesh International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)

Silvia Haslinger Olsson

Silvia Haslinger Olsson

Co-Founder, Nordic Urban Resilience Institute (NURI)

Simone Sandholz

Simone Sandholz

Associate Academic Officer, United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Organizing Committee

Nicola Tollin

Nicola Tollin

Professor wsr in Urban Resilience, SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark

Katarzyna (Kasia) Wieszczeczynska

Katarzyna (Kasia) Wieszczeczynska

SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark

Jungwoo Chun

Jungwoo Chun

PhD student, Environmental Policy and Planning Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marcia Trento

Marcia Trento

Msc research student on Urban Design University of Copenhagen

Vittore Negretto

Vittore Negretto

PhD student, IUAV University of Venice