Neue theoretische und methodische Ansätze standen im Vordergrund der gemeinsam organisierten Winter School an der UNISC in Santa Cruz do Sul/RS, Brasilien. Die Professoren Martin Coy und Markus Schermer, wie auch Carine Pachoud und Christoph Huber nahmen hierbei aktiv Teil. Continue reading
Urban resilience is a topic of increasing importance in the light of growing urban populations and often high exposure to natural hazards. This is particularly true for cities in developing countries like Indonesia, where a large share of the population is living in areas at risk. These challenges were addressed by ten students of the Master Programme “Global Change – Regional Sustainability” within the elective area “Development Research”. From March 2014 to June 2015 the students evaluated and developed community-based strategies to foster urban resilience in Indonesia, focussing on the case studies of Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Primary data was collected during a field visit in September-October 2014, supervised by AGEF-members Kami Höferl, Simone Sandholz and Christian Obermayr, and kindly supported by colleagues from Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta) and Universitas Sebelas Maret (Surakarta).
The results of the elective area are now published in book form within the inngeo series and are available here:
Höferl, K. M. und Sandholz, S. (Hrsg.) (2017): Urban Resilience in Indonesia – Assessing and Evaluating Development Strategies in Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Studienkreis für Geographie (Inngeo – Innsbrucker Materialien zur Geographie 17). ISBN 978-3-901182-78-5 (Link)
Since 2007, the doctoral colloquium DoKoNaRa is carried out by the University of Innsbruck, University of Liechtenstein, University of Kassel as well as the HafenCity University Hamburg. The host changes annualy.
Every PhD Student is welcome to participate at the interdisciplinary dialogue about current concepts and current scientific issues. The 11. International Doctoral Colloquium in Sustainable Spatial Development took place in Hofgeismar, near Kassel, and was marked by the theme of “Resilience – a Challenge for Sustainable Urban and Regional Development”.
A participation offers the possibility to discuss methodological and contextual questions with experts from different disciplines. AGEF-member Felix M. Dorn presented his dissertation concept “Lithium as a strategic resource for the sustainability transition: Conflicts, opportunities and perspectives in Argentina”.
The enrolment period for the next DoKoNaRa will be announced in a timely manner on the AGEF-Blog.
Photo: Felix M. Dorn
To whom does public space belong?
Upgrading and displacement processes in the course of downtown renewal in São Paulo
Metropolises around the world are subject to mutual competitive pressure to remain their attractiveness for the economy. In order to hold one’s ground, unique selling propositions are needed. The center of a metropolis may be considered such a feature. Downtown areas previously received little attention, but for some time urban planners and -politicians are paying increased attention to this topic again. This applies to cities of the Global North, but recently it also becomes relevant for those in the Global South.
In Brazil, with its high degree of urbanization, the focus lies once again on the inner cities, after having received less attention over several decades in favor of new center-fragments. Measures of downtown renewal should raise the attractiveness of these central areas. Given the socio-economic disparities observed in Brazilian cities, the implications of these trends for determined population groups are different. The measures often focus on structural interventions such as building renovations, but also on the public space. It directly provides the public authorities the ability to take the initiative. Again, physical rehabilitation measures of places, for example, may be part of these initiatives. However, concerning the access and use of public spaces, institutional innovations play an important role as well. Continue reading