The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Book launch of the Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

28 January 2021, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm

Urban Resilience

DPU Dialogues in Development - Debating resilience: complexity, contradictions and optimism

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Julia Wesely


Virtual event

About the Dialogue and book launch:
“[I]f the concept of resilience were to disappear from use and discussion tomorrow, how much would change and where would it change in terms of advance on the problems that resilience is used to announce and searches to help comprehend and resolve?” (Allan Lavell, foreword to the ‘Handbook of Urban Resilience’, 2020). 
This joint Dialogue in Urban Equality and launch of the Handbook of Urban Resilience (Editors: Michael A. Burayidi, Adriana Allen, John Twigg, and Christine Wamslergives authors and editors space to reflect on the complexity, contradictions and optimisms of resilience as ubiquitous notion, concept, and principle, which has taken hold in urban research, policy and practice. Drawing on current debates and research findings, the speakers discuss particularly how disaster risk and resilience are, and could be, re-framed in efforts to address issues of urban equality
The book launch will encompass part of the dialogue and discussion.
With speakers
Prof Allan Lavell
Founding member of the Network of Social Studies in the Prevention of Disasters in Latin America (LA RED);  Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO)
Prof John Twigg
Former Senior Researcher at the Overseas Development Institute; Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, UCL and Co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Resilience
Prof Adriana Allen
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL; Habitat International Coalition President and Co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Resilience
Prof Mark Pelling
GCRF Resilience Challenge Lead and Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC; Department of Geography, King’s College London
Prof Cassidy Johnson and Dr Julia Wesely
KNOW Lead Co-Investigator and Research Fellow, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL

Please note this event will be recorded.