Plenary 7: Navigating Urban Resilience - a Social-Ecological Approach
3:45pm - 5:15pm
Room:Davos I plenary hall
Plenary Session co-hosted and chaired by University of Denver, Denver, USA and GFFUR Virginia Tech, USA
SESSION CHAIR: James Herbert WILLIAMS, Professor and Milton Morris Endowed Chair, Dean, Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, USA
Jeff JENSON, Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk, University of Denver, USA
Susan KEMP,Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, USA
"Fostering Urban Resilience Through Innovative Transdisciplinary Partnerships: The Social Work Grand Challenge Initiative"
Andreas RECHKEMMER, American Humane Endowed Chair, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, USA
James M. SHULTZ, Founder and Director, Center for Disaster and Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP Center), University of Miami School of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, USA
"A Complex Systems Perspectives on Urban Disasters"
Charles W. STEGER, President Emeritus, Virginia Tech, Executive Director, University’s Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR), Blacksburg, USA
"Three Dilemmas of the Resilient City"
With more than half of humanity living in (mega)cities and urban environments, the quest for urban sustainability and sustaining human civilization has become greater than ever before. Urban environ-ments are densely coupled social-ecological systems featuring an intricate and complex phenomenology of risks, e.g. physical, assets and infrastructure related, technological, financial and, very importantly, social and ecological ones. Recent cases such as the Paris and Brussels terror attacks, the lead poisoning of drinking water in Flint, Michigan, or the rapid spread of Zika in North Eastern Brazilian cities, as different they are, all show that major threats to urban life in the 21st century emerge at the interface of physical, social, cultural and ecological risk dynamics. Therefore, fostering urban resilience ever more depends on an integrated approach that balances smart engineering and investments with advanced practices looking at the long-term anti-fragility of both social and ecological systems within urban environments. The plenary session will explore these directions bringing together an eminent group of senior scholars and policy advisors from various disciplines and backgrounds.
Chair Plenary 7: Navigating Urban Resilience - a Social-Ecological Approach
James Herbert WILLIAMS
University of Denver, United States of America
Panelist Plenary 7: Navigating Urban Resilience - a Social-Ecological Approach