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Resilient Metropolitan Regions – Spatial Planning and Management for Urban Transformation


Joaquín Farinós Dasí
Petra Schelkmann
Organisational Assistant
Moneyba González-Medina
Coordinator HQ
Katharina Kapitza
  • Sónia Alves, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, Lissabon
  • Alessandro Delpiano, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Bologna
  • Julia Dittel, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
  • Dr. Markus Egermann, Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e. V., Dresden
  • Oriol Estela Barnet, Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Barcelona, Barcelona
  • Prof. Joaquín Farinós Dasí, University of València, València
  • Assoc. Prof. Valeria Fedeli, Politecnico di Milano, Milano
  • Maria del Carmen Garcia Pena, CIEDES Foundation, Malaga
  • Assoc. Prof. Andreas Hildenbrand Scheid, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla
  • Ass. Prof., Dr. Thomas Perrin, Université de Lille, Villenueve d'Ascq cedex
  • Dipl.-Geogr. Petra Schelkmann, Verband Region Rhein-Neckar, Mannheim
  • Dr. Johannes Suitner, Technische Universität Wien, Wien
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Wehrhahn, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel
  • just and resilient transformation of metropolitan regions
  • spatial planning instruments and institutional frameworks to strengthen resilience
  • best practice examples of resilient metropolitan regions with a focus on South-Western Europe

The central objective of the working group is to make progress on questions of increasing resilience in spatial development using the example of selected metropolitan regions in German-speaking countries as well as Southwestern Europe. The group contributes to an expansion of both spatial and planning theory as well as practical planning knowledge and discourse.

The following research questions are crucial:

  • Which fields of action and challenges for spatial planning result from the current multiple crisis?
  • How can the resilience of metropolitan regions be increased?
  • How can urban transformations address normative goals like justice and equality and thus contribute to a just and resilient transformation?
  • Which spatial planning instruments are suitable for promoting the transformation to resilient metropolitan regions, and which adjustments are necessary?
  • What institutional framework conditions are required to strengthen the resilience of metropolitan regions and to ensure their sustainable development?
  • Which strategic, planning, and organisational approaches in metropolitan regions can be established as "good examples" for other regions and should thus be further developed?


The working group consists of about 12 members representing different European countries, from science and planning practice. It will run for three years and have yearly meetings of two days. The kick-off meeting will be held in Valenciaon May 23rd and 24th 2024. There are regular (quarterly) online sessions and interim working phases in between, e.g. thematic workshops to discuss specific topics in detail.

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