Urban Vulnerabilities and Resilience

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

The intertwining dynamic between the effects of Global Environmental Change (GEC), Climate Change (CC), and the capacity of cities to adapt, is a growing area of concern for the international scientific and policy community. While it is straightforward to conceptualize the central role of city-level institutions for the successful realization of adaptation policies, this is not the case regarding what may foster adaptation capacity according to varying institutional and social geographies. 
The production of risk and the determinants of vulnerability are not only environmental but also have an economic, political, and cultural dimension. As climate change is producing unprecedented patterns of environmental and socio-ecological transformations, international sociological and cross-disciplinary evidence is still patched and not informed by solid conceptual frameworks capable of tackling the perspective proposed by the natural sciences.
The session seeks papers reflecting on:

  • the conceptualization of cities as socio-ecological places; 
  • urban disasters and ecological dependence; 
  • the materialization of risk society: disasters, risk and vulnerability in contemporary urban settlements; 
  • planning, land use and prevention: usefulness and limitations of technical approaches in the face of socio-ecological risks;
  • cultural dynamics and perceptions in the face of urban ecological risks and vulnerability.


Session Organizer:
Andrea LAMPIS, National University of Colombia, Colombia
Electricity and Urban Vulnerability: A Sociology of Power
Steve MATTHEWMAN, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Socio-Environmental Vulnerability, Resilience and Disasters in Modern Urban Contexts: The Case of Vila Velha (ES, Brazil)
Teresa DA-SILVA-ROSA, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Acacio Augusto SEBASTIAO JR, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Tulio Gava MONTEIRO, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Caterine REGINENSI, Ecole Nationale d Architecture de Toulouse/ENSAT/LRA, France; Michelly DE ANGELO, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Maria Araguacy SIMPLICIO, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Mirian COSTA, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Marcelo SATHLER, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Ana Paula LYRA, Vila Velha University, Brazil; Marcos MENDONCA, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil