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New paper in Cities: a historical perspective on the thorny relationship between spatial planning and flood risk management

New paper in Cities: a historical perspective on the thorny relationship between spatial planning and flood risk management

New paper based on the PhD thesis of Meng Meng (formerly at TUD, now at SCUT), has just been accepted for publication in Cities. It is available here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2022.103702 This paper co-authored by Meng Meng, Marcin Dąbrowski, Liang Xiong and Dominic Stead explores the historical experience of Guangzhou’s spatial planning system striving for flood resilience...
Manifesto for the future of water-linked heritage (Interreg WaVE)

Manifesto for the future of water-linked heritage (Interreg WaVE)

We just published a snappy and inspiring, policy-oriented document summarising the key take-away messages and lessons from the Interreg WaVE project, piloting actions for the use of water-linked heritage in cities and regions as a driver for ecoystemic changes and sustainability transitions. The project puts a strong emphasis on citizen engagement and co-creation as means...
RSA policy expo grant won - Going circular: unlocking the potential of regions and cities to drive the circular economy transition

RSA policy expo grant won – Going circular: unlocking the potential of regions and cities to drive the circular economy transition

Marcin Dąbrowski, together with a team of co-applicants including Karel van den Berghe, Ellen van Bueren (MBE, BK, TUD), and Joanna Williams (UCL), won a Policy Expo grant from the Regional Studies Association. The project is entitled “Going circular: unlocking the potential of regions and cities to drive the circular economy transition”. The project will...
New paper: Enabling Socio-Ecological Resilience in the Global South

New paper: Enabling Socio-Ecological Resilience in the Global South

Marcin Dabrowski teamed up with  Nilofer Tajuddin – our former Planning Complex Cities studio student and currently an associate at Resilient Cities Network – to co-write a paper looking into the challenge of building resilience in Chennai, India. The paper has been published in Open Access format in Sustainability and can be found here. It deserves...
Urban Studies Foundation Seminar on the fringe of COP26: Climate Urbanism

Urban Studies Foundation Seminar on the fringe of COP26: Climate Urbanism

Marcin Dabrowski took part in the Urban Studies Foundation event happening on the fringe of COP26 and tackling the issue of climate urbanism. The seminar included no less than five talks from USF grantees questioning whether urban resilience was the final form of urban climate change adaptation or even whether the urban as we know...
Interreg WaVE at #EURegionsWeek conference - join the participatory lab on co-creating heritage futures (13 Oct)

Interreg WaVE at #EURegionsWeek conference – join the participatory lab on co-creating heritage futures (13 Oct)

On the 13th of October  2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time) we will be hosting a participatory lab session as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities (the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy and territorial development, which has become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together practitioners and academics...
The spatial and social dimensions of circular economy - special sessions at RSA e-Festival

The spatial and social dimensions of circular economy – special sessions at RSA e-Festival

On 16-17 June we will have 4 sessions, co-organised with colleagues from our Faculty’s Management in the Built Environment department, on circular economy as part of the Regional Studies Association’s Regions in Recovery e-Festival. The sessions will include range of exciting new research presented, focusing on governance, spatial and social dimensions, as well post-COVID recovery. The...
New paper - Circling the square: governance of the circular economy transition in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

New paper – Circling the square: governance of the circular economy transition in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

New paper, co-authored by Marcin Dąbrowski and Erwin Heurkens (Management in the Built Environment, Bouwkunde, TU Delft) is out in Open Access format, published in European Spatial Research and Policy. The paper uses the case of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area to explore and classify the barriers for managing transitions towards circular economy in that urban...
SPS Seminar on the Union for the Mediterranean Strategic Action Plan for Sustainable Urbanisation, with Roberto Rocco, Carola Hein & Remon Rooij - 30 March 12:15 CET

SPS Seminar on the Union for the Mediterranean Strategic Action Plan for Sustainable Urbanisation, with Roberto Rocco, Carola Hein & Remon Rooij – 30 March 12:15 CET

Title: Union for the Mediterranean: Strategic Action Plan for Sustainable Urbanisation Event Timing: 30 March, 12:15-13:45 CET Speakers: Roberto Rocco, Carola Hein & Remon Rooij This seminar addressed the two-year drafting process of the Union for the Mediterranean Strategic Action Plan for Sustainable Urbanisation and the results of this process. We discussed this in light...
New paper in Urban Studies: Adaptive capacity of the Pearl River Delta cities in the face of the growing flood risk: Institutions, ideas and interests

New paper in Urban Studies: Adaptive capacity of the Pearl River Delta cities in the face of the growing flood risk: Institutions, ideas and interests

Cities around the world face a growing flood risk as a result of climate change, bringing more extreme weather, more rainfall and more frequent and more severe storm surge events, pushing sea water into the streets. This problem is exacerbated by the rapid urban development, leading to expansion of cities onto flood-prone, low-lying areas, or...
Online SPS Seminar with Prof. Silke Weidner (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) on the New Leipzig Charter - video available

Online SPS Seminar with Prof. Silke Weidner (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) on the New Leipzig Charter – video available

Online SPS Seminar with Prof. Silke Weidner (BTU Cottbus Senftenberg) 4 February 2021, 12:30-13:30 CET, via Zoom Topic: New Leipzig Charter: The Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good Abstract: After a good two years of very intensive work by all those involved (Silke Weidner was part of the Consortium), the “Leipzig Charter on...
RSA Regions in Recovery E-Festival - call for abstracts on circular economy

RSA Regions in Recovery E-Festival – call for abstracts on circular economy

Marcin Dąbrowski, together with Karel Van den Berghe, Aksel Ersoy, Ellen Van Bueren (TU Delft), Frank van Oort (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Joanna Williams (University College London) are organising a series of special sessions as part of the Regional Studies Association Global E-Festival “Regions in Recovery”. This online conference takes place over 16 days between 2...
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