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Vortrag – Bernd Belina – Theoriepark – GeoDiskurse



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Urban Resilience in Indonesia – publication of results of elective area ‘Development Research’

Urban_Resilience_in_IndonesiaUrban 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)

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Participation at 11. International Doctoral Colloquium in Sustainable Spatial Development (DoKoNaRa)

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




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Posterpräsentation: São Paulo zwischen Neoliberalismus und Recht auf Stadt

Konzeptioniert und designed von Tobias Töpfer und Johannes Exenberger steht nun das neue Poster: “São Paulo zwischen Neoliberalismus und Recht auf Stadt, Sichtbarkeiten und Reibungen” online. Das Poster wurde auf dem “Arbeitskreis Geographische Stadtforschung im Entwicklungskontext (AK GSEK)” in seiner diesjährigen Tagung vom 08. – 09. Juli von seinen beiden Autoren vorgestellt.

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Wem gehört der öffentliche Raum? Aufwertungs- und Verdrängungsprozesse im Zuge von Innenstadterneuerung in São Paulo.

Tobias Töpfer’s dissertation is published! Congratulations!

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

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Presentations at AK GSEK „Global Linkages and Impacts on Urban Development“

From July 08-09 AGEF members joined the periodic workshop of the „Arbeitskreis Geographische Stadtforschung im Entwicklungskontext (AK GSEK)“ – a geographical task force focusing on urban development in the Global South. The workshop, with this year’s topic “Global Linkages and Impacts on Urban Development”, brought together scholars from Geography, discussing various topics related to urban developments in the Global South. The event was perfectly organized by the Institute of Geography at University of Cologne.

Among those studies presented were also three from our working group, namely

  • Christian Obermayr – “Wohnen für alle? Sozial-inklusive Wohnraumpolitiken in Surabaya, Indonesien”
  • Frank Zirkl and Tobias Töpfer – “Urbane Entwicklungen auf Achterbahnfahrt? Brasiliens Städte zwischen Konsolidierung und neuen Herausforderungen”
  • Martin Coy – “An der Peripherie und doch global… Stadtfunktionen und Stadt-Land-Verhältnisse in Regionen des Agrobusiness in Brasilien”