Resilience and Risks Mitigation Strategies






AESOP’s RRMS thematic group on resilience and risk mitigation strategies is open to any individual researchers and professionals with an interest in the relationships between socio-spatial planning, resilience and risk mitigation. Details of the requirements for membership and rules governing the group’s operations are defined in the Code of Conduct. The draft of the Code of Conduct [DOWNLOAD LINK] will be discussed during the RRMS thematic group meeting in 2014 AESOP confernce. All members are welcome to post and contribute to the debate on the Code of conduct (contributions can be submitted to email to Angela Colucci,

Richard Sliuzas, Murat Balamir, Popi Sapountzaki, Angela Colucci, Adriana Galderisi, Cassidy Johnson


MEMBERS (active members)

Name&Surname University/ department e-mail
Richard Sliuzas University of Twente, Faculty ITC, The Netherlands
Murat Balamir Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Popi Sapountzaki Department of Geography,Harokopio University of Athens
Angela Colucci Politecnico di Milano, DIAP
Adriana Galderisi Dipartimento di Pianificazione e Scienza del Territorio, Università "Federico II", Napoli
Cassidy Johnson University College London
Stefan Greiving TU Dortmund University
Gérard Hutter Leibniz-Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER),  Dresden
Valeria Monno Dip. Architettura e Urbanistica Politecnico di Bari
Marcella       Samakovlija Politecnico di Milano, DIAP
Wayne Beyea Michigan State University
Claudia Basta Wageningen University
Jenny Atmanagra University of Stuttgart
Barbara Tempels Ghent University Belgium
Lia Vasconcelos New University of Lisbona
Lorenzo Chelleri University of Barcellona
Eva-Maria Stumpo University of Stuttgart
Funda Atun Politecnico di milano , DIAP
Giulia Pesaro Politecnico di milano , DIAP
Antti Silvast University of Helsinki
Ebru Alarslan Min. of Envir. & Urbanization, Turkey
Johan Woltjer University of Groningen
Emile Dopheide ITC – University of Twente
Marcello Magoni Politecnico di Milano
Clovis Ultramari Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil
Ulrich Graute Joint Technical Secretariat INTERREG III B CADSES




Researchers involved in RRMS meetings

  • Daniela De Leo, Sapienza University, Rome
  • Nino Chachava, Georgian Technical. University
  • Elisavet Thoidou, Aristotle Un. Thessaloniki
  • Kathrin Prenger-Berninghoff, Inst. of Urban Development, Krakow
  • Dimitra Rigopoulou, Harokopio University, Athens
  • Hilay Atalay, Okan University
  • Michael Howes, Griffith University
  • Ayşe Yönder, Pratt Institute
  • Juan Camilo Osorio, Pratt Institute
  • Binali Tercan, Abant Izzet Baysal University
  • Pınar Ertan, METU, Ankara
  • Binali Tercan, Abant Izzet Baysal University
  • Artem Balyakin, NRC Kurchatov Institute
  • Aidan While, University of Sheffield
  • Alex Altshuler, Ben Gurion University. of Negev
  • Teresa Sprague, TU Dortmund, IRPUD
  • Ayşın Dedekorkut-Howes, Griffith University

Call for submission: Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference (Oct 11-15, 2021)

Published at: 21 July 2021

Planners for Climate Action invites you to collaborate on the #Innovate4Cities Conference themed to promote the Global Research and Action Agenda will take place virtually 11-15 October 2021.  The I4C program will showcase the latest urban science and innovation from academia, city practitioners, policymakers, the private sector, and civil society, helping to bridge the gap between climate ambitions and results.  We are calling for submissions with a unique focus on urban research and innovation across the conference themes, inspired by the Global Research and Action Agenda. I4C is jointly sponsored by UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. 

Learn more about the themes, sessions, and guidelines, and apply here:  The submission deadline is 4 August.  

Disaster Risk Reduction - Local Resilience in Europe and Central Asia (July 2nd, 10-11,30 am CET)

Published at: 30 June 2021

The event is organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Europe and Central Asia (UNDRR-ROECA) and the Regional Secretariat for Making Cities Resilient 2030 for Europe and Central Asia, in collaboration with Huddersfield University – UK, as a side event to the Introduction to Geospatial Technologies for Achieving SDGs – Demographic Considerations Summer School of CEU.

Key speakers: Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga, Head, Global Disaster Resilience Centre Huddersfield University, UK;
Ms Helena Monteiro, MCR2030 Secretariat for Europe and Central Asia, UNDRR; 
Ms Olga Shashkina, Specialist on Local Resilience Building; UNDRR.

Follow the link for more details and free registration:

Reminder: Launch "Climate Action in Planning Education and Practice" (28th June, at 11.30 am UK / 12.30 pm EU)

Published at: 21 June 2021

Our team of AESOP Resilience and Risks Mitigation Strategies thematic group, working on the ‘Climate Action in Planning Education and Practice’ project, are looking for members of the AESOP Young Academics (YA) network to collaborate with us on an online survey and review of higher education programmes delivered by Planning Schools in European countries (plus Turkey) listed on the AESOP "members directory" website. The results will be presented in the upcoming World Urban Campaign ‘Urban Thinkers Campus’ on this topic in November 2021 and a potential journal publication.

If you are interested in collaborating in our project please join us on 28th of June at 11.30 am UK / 12.30 pm EU, on Zoom link:,
Meeting ID: 938 9343 8285

IRDR Humanitarian Summit 2021: Interrogating changing risks (16 June 2021, 10:00 am–4:00 pm)

Published at: 15 June 2021

The UCL Humanitarian Summit will debate and discuss how climate change, conflict and other global phenomena are shaping both the humanitarian sector and humanitarian studies as a field of research and teaching, and vice versa. Coming a few months ahead of COP26, the Humanitarian Summit will also discuss how feminist perspectives in particular might contribute to challenges and solutions.
Event is open to all and is free of cost. Formore details follow the link:

Join SDI at the 15th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA15)- 15th to 17th June

Published at: 14 June 2021

CBA15 brings together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors working at all levels and scales to discuss how we can drive ambition for a climate-resilient future.It is a space to explore the importance and urgency of locally led adaptation and address this pivotal moment in climate action. Follow the link for registration and more details:

Rethinking Urban Risk and Resettlement in the Global South

Published at: 10 June 2021

An open access book on environmental changes that have significant impacts on people’s lives and livelihoods, particularly the urban poor and those living in informal settlements. This book is an outcome of collaboration between the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and the Latin American Social Science Faculty.

Edited by Cassidy Johnson, Garima Jain, and Allan Lavell

Book pdf link:

Climate Action in Planning Education and Practice: Information Session and open call

Published at: 31 May 2021

AESOP’s Resilience and Risks Mitigation Strategies thematic group  are looking for members of the AESOP Young Academics (YA) network to collaborate on the ‘Climate Action in Planning Education and Practice’ project. This project is  will contribute to a World Urban Campaign ‘Urban Thinkers Campus’ on this topic in November 2021. To learn more about the project, join us on an informative  zoom session on 1st June at 11am UK time/12pm European time.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 992 8718 6029
Passcode: 696566

Governing the Pandemic: The Politics of Navigating a Mega-Crisis

Published at: 25 May 2021

Authors: Arjen Boin, Allan McConnell, Paul ‘t Hart. 

An open access book that offers unique insights into how governments and governing systems, particularly in advanced economies, have responded to the immense challenges of managing the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing disease COVID-19.

Book link:

Science for disaster risk management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow

Published at: 12 April 2021

Tackling the impacts on assets at risk, dealling with hazards of different natures, establishing links existing between hazards and vulnerabilities to support robust and effective action, a report on "Science for disaster risk management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow", presents solutions and approaches, describes several examples and cases, showing what the DRM community has learned from disastrous events while pointing out where the gaps in our knowledge are. Report is produced by European Commission Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre.

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