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Tracks & Sessions

The Sessions are allocated to 5 Tracks.

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Our Call for Abstracts is closed now. We would like to cordially thank all authors for their numerous and interesting contributions!

The extended deadline for abstract submission was 15 July 2020.

Poster Award: The poster that is most convincing in terms of content, originality and layout will be awarded a poster prize.

A book of abstracts will be published electronically. By sending their abstract(s), all authors agreed to the publication of their abstract(s) by the organizer as PDF and on the conference website.


Track 1: Governance of urban-rural linkagesThis track brings together research and practice approaches towards establishing and evaluating multi-level, multi-actor and multi-sectoral governance modes on regional scale. Sessions will discuss how to measure progress and how to reveal and integrate conflicting positions in order to support justice and equity in living conditions while accepting local particularities. Key policies in Europe to drive more sustainable and resilient urban-rural linkages, including the New Leipzig Charter 2020, the revised Territorial Agenda and others, will be reflected. S1: Territorial governance arrangements for resilience in urban-rural interactionArtem Korzhenevych, IOER and Matej Jaššo, STU BratislavaTopicThe challenge of safeguarding resilience in the interplay between urban centres and their functional areas, including sub-urban and rural territories, is one of the most important challenges for territorial governance. The question is, to which extent are recent territorial governance arrangements able to frame efficient and effective actions of the stakeholders, and where and what kind of innovations are needed, especially reflecting specific conditions in Central and South-Eastern Europe and Western Balkan countries. These sessions will be under auspices of Spa-ce.net and Territorial Governance – Western Balkan network. Session is planned as annual meeting of the Spa-ce.net involving spatial planning and regional research institutions from Central and Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, but open for active contributions from all conference participants. Main thematic scopes of the Spa-ce.net session will be as follows:1. Need for new quality of urban-rural interactions in various types of regions in the context of global shifts and changes.2. New concepts of territorial governance reflecting recent development in urban/rural regions.3. Smart, sustainable and resilient approaches to urban/rural regional development management.Information about the Spa-ce.net network: http://www.spa-ce.net/Call for Contributions and FormatWe invite abstracts for contributions as oral presentations (max 15 minutes) and posters.  S2: METREX Science dialog: Managing the metropolitan landscape in EuropeHenk Bouwman, METREX and Tanja Blätter, Association of German Metropolitan RegionsTopicGiven that a single city or small regional entity is less and less able to cope alone with today's complex social, economic and environmental challenges, multi-level cooperation can be considered as a second transversal dimension of the sustainable European city. The so-called rural areas surrounding the metropole’s urban cores are important for the metropolitan regions’ economy as well. The region’s identity, image and quality of urban life can even be defined by its surrounding ‘metropolitan landscape’. Urban-rural relations and partnerships play an increasingly important role for the governance of European metropolitan regions.Further impulses and European initiatives to balance urban and rural areas are expected from the upcoming updates of the Leipzig Charter 2.0 and the EU Territorial Agenda.The METREX workshop focus on the international exchange on policy fields, governance instruments of urban-rural cooperation in metropolitan areas and gives suggestions for the design of European policies in the field of regional development, research, the environment and agriculture.The workshop thus has the following topics:- Reviewing the European perspectives and exchange on urban-rural relations- Collecting future needs for act and research in the metropolitan regions, especially from a regional perspective- Bridging the governance gaps between functional interrelations of a region and administrative borders- Practical projects from German Metropolitan Regions show, how the particular governance structures of metropolitan regions enable cooperation between different actors and levels in cities and their surrounding rural areas in order to foster sustainable development.- Preparing further activities of the METREX Working GroupSession Format and Call for ContributionsPanel discussion – a moderated discussion among 5 speakers presenting their positions on the session topic, followed by the debate based on the questions from audience.We call academics and professionals specialised in urban and regional planning, territorial governance, European spatial planning to submit an abstract and point out their potential contribution as a speaker. Also posters on the session topic are welcomed.  S3: Driving Transition: Future initiatives from UN-Habitat, EU territorial and urban agenda and JPI Urban Europe | Session not open for contributionsUN Habitat, EU Territorial and Urban Agenda, JPI Urban Europe, Co-ordination c/o Uwe Ferber, StadtLand GmbHUN-Habitat: Remy Sietchiping, UN HabitatUrban Agenda: Frederick-Christoph Richter, Ministère  de l´Energie et de l´amènagement du TerritioireJPI Urban Europe: Johannes RieglerNew Territorial Agenda: Kai Böhme, Spatial ForesightInteractive workshop session. The session will not be open for contributions.Urban Rural Partnerships are increasingly becoming the focus at the European and international level. Initiatives have been started by the UN Habitat as well as EU regional and research policy. The session will present current policies and agendas as well as future opportunities to foster and promote urban-rural partnerships under different and particular governance arrangements. It includes:
  • UN-Habitat Urban-Rural Linkages: Guiding Principles and Framework for Action to Advance Integrated Territorial Development (URL-GP) launched in May 2019, after a participatory process
  • The “Action plan on sustainable land use and nature based solutions” from the Urban Agenda working group launched in 2020 with concrete suggestions to promote the liveable compactness city model
  • The JPI Urban Europe led partnership “Driving urban transitions to a sustainable future (DUT)” contributing to the implementation and localisation of the Green Deal, the Agenda 2030, as well as the Leipzig Charter and the Urban Agenda for the EU (UAEU)
  • The new Territorial Agenda 2030 “A future for all places” is a strategic policy document for Europe, its regions and communities. It provides a framework for action towards territorial cohesion and a future for all places in Europe and will be launched with the Leipzig Charta in December 2020
S4: Towards spatial justice in a sustainable urban-rural contextThomas Weith, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research e.V. and Ludger Gailing, Leibniz.Institute for Reserach on Society and SpaceTopicSDGs and Habitat III emphasize the importance of urban-rural interrelations for sustainable development. But up to now overarching guiding principles for a balanced development and governance are missing. In recent years, debates about values and norms open the chance for guidance and further discussion. One important discourse reflects the ethical dimension of justice, regarding environmental justice and spatial justice (e.g. Basta 2016, Edwards/Reid/Hunter 2015), in particular as a basic norm to interpret equality of living conditions. But up to now a detailed discussion about theoretical approaches (e.g. Höffe 1989, Rawls 1971) and conceptual consequences in urban-rural development is missing.  In the session, current lines of discussion (spatial justice, environmental justice, energy justice) will be presented, connected and reviewed in a detailed way, connecting scientific debates with necessities in practice. We expect an intensive discussion about normative goals, contextual embeddedness as well as adequate concepts for their operationalization. The contributions of the discussion as well as the results will be documented.Session FormatPart 1: Spatial justice (two presentations and discussion)- apl. Prof. Dr. Thomas Weith (ZALF Müncheberg): Spatial justice and regional spatial justice- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köck (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ Leipzig):  Equality of living conditions and regional burden sharingPart 2: Environmental justice (two presentations and discussion)- Dr. Sebastien Boillat (University of Bern): Telecoupling and environmental justice- Dr. Ludger Gailing (Leibniz-Centre for Research on Society and Space, IRS Erkner): Spatial justice and energy justice - the case of wind power plantsPart 3: Discussion of overarching questions- What kind of justice do people want?- What are adequate conceptual approaches?- What are challenges for transformative regional development?Call for ContributionsWe call for contributions from science, politicians, administration and / or consultancies in spatial and infrastructure planning and development. Invited are posters and potentially one additional speaker (oral presentation). S5: New fissures in the urban-rural fabric and social justice: ethnic and immigrant ghettos at the systemic edgeFilip Alexandrescu, Research Institute for the Quality of Life and Stanislav Martinát, Cardiff University and the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of SciencesTopicThis session aims to bring into focus various forms of extreme segregation occurring in European cities and conurbations, as a result of intra-European or extra-European immigration. Extreme segregation refers to the rapid and often violent concentration of visible minorities (Gypsy/Roma or Middle Eastern/African immigrants) into makeshift ghettos on the outskirts of European cities. These ghettos tend to materialize Saskia Sassen’s (2014, 2015) postulated systemic edge, which is a set of conditions that become so extreme that they become ungraspable and unmanageable by using the standard public policy instruments of the welfare/workfare state.The aim of this session is to bring such cases into theoretical and empirical focus in order to ponder their influence on socially just and resilient urban configurations and on their relationships with the larger rural hinterlands.  One of the crucial questions is whether the emerging belt of ghettos in European cities is a reversible process or, on the contrary, the beginning of a more enduring transformation towards what Mike Davis (2006) called a Planet of Slums. Rather than making definite predictions of a kind or another, the presentations in this session will aim to problematize as creatively as possible the emergence of ghettos and their relationships to wider changes linked to the expansion of neoliberal policies across the rural – urban continuum.Call for Contributions and Session FormatFollowing a brief introductory “symposium” (20 min.) we call for contributions for a “present and discuss” section. We envision two speakers (one on Roma, the other on migrants) and 4 presentations (10 min + 5 min Q&A). European researchers interested in environmental injustice/racism, recent waves of migration (post EU-enlargement) and urban quality of life/right to the city issues are particularly invited. Also posters are welcomed. S6: Kill or promote – What does the EU Green Deal mean for agriculture and rural-urban-partnership?Thomas Beil, Michael Succow Foundation and Michael Rühs, Greifswald UniversityTopicThe EU Green Deal aims for a transition towards post-carbon land use to foster climate protection, biodiversity and sustainability in rural development. With regard to the Rural-Urban Partnership, the question arises: Who determines the goals and instruments and "orders" and who, on the other hand, has to ensure implementation and thus will "foot the bill"? – Visions of an agricultural turnaround encounter fears from already overstrained European farmers.The EU Green Deal paints the urban vision of a sustainably shaped agriculture providing the necessities for a green industry. It primarily intends to redirect existing funds into forms of land use defined as more sustainable. Thus, farmers have to adapt and adjust their land use on their own expenses, facing less revenues or higher costs for their production in future. But, their produces then still will have to compete on European and international markets with cheap(er) products, produced without such restrictions.The co-products “healthier landscape” and “ecological services” still have no established markets and the Green Deal still will not provide them - neither the financial resources, nor the necessary governance structures. But, for economic viability additional revenues are lacking, either directly for providing environmental services or indirectly via higher prices for their (labelled) products.Many farmers now fear, the EU Green Deal will mean the end of the road for their farms and lead to further structural change towards agro-industrial complexes. Will it be possible to steer into the direction of medium-scaled regional cycle economies? Or, will the development end up in an industrialized agricultural sector, delivering primary products for centralised green industrial complexes?Against the background of these two sides of the coin and potential development pathways we aim to get into a controversy debate about the forces, effects and control options for such a deep structural transition process.Call for Contributions and Session FormatThe Session will be a controversy of presentations of a pro-input and a con-input followed by a moderated discussion: first in the panel and then including the audience. Furthermore, posters are invited. In that respect, we aim at contributions – not as oral presentations but active participation in the discussion and / or posters outlining relevant key issues – related to the session focus.  S7: Linking practical requirements and territorialpolicies: Tools and policiesRemy Sietchiping, UN Habitat, Dajana Davidovic, VDI and Frank Wagener, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) (t.b.c.)Details on Chairs, Topic, Session Format and Call for Contributions will be provided soon. S8: ISOCARP/ESPON Joint Session: Urban-Rural Partnerships: Planning and Governance for Sustainable and Resilient Regions in EuropeDidier Vancutsem & Ana Peric, ISOCARP andNikos Lampropoulos, ESPONTopicThe effect of globalisation on urban-rural partnerships addresses the fundamental questions on how to plan and govern such complex regions towards their sustainable and resilient development. As these spaces are usually faced with fragmented administrative structures, manifold power-centres, and different developmental priorities, the key task is to build more flexible and networked forms of planning and governance. We use the conceptual background of multi-level territorial governance, as it comprises two ideal types of institutions: general-purpose political institutions and single-purpose functional jurisdictions. Considering that urban-rural regions are affected by both types, their transformative capacity for sustainability and resilience depends upon the dynamics and mobilisation of institutional and non-institutional actors, rather than revolving solely around strong hierarchy (e.g. between different administrative levels) or overlapping sectoral/functional entities (in certain domains such as infrastructure expansion and the collective provision of services).The session is jointly organised by the ISOCARP – International Society of City and Regional Planners and ESPON, the European Territorial Observatory Network.Session FormatPanel discussion including the invited speakers:- Nicolas Rossignol, ESPON EGTC- Giancarlo Cotella, Politecnico di Torino- Julien Grunfelder, Nordregio- Jason Begley, Coventry University- Emmanuel Moulin, URBACT- 1 additional speaker selected from the URP2020 Call for Abstracts.moderated by Didier Vancutsem, Ana Peric (ISOCARP) and Nikos Lampropoulos (ESPON). After each 10 minutes position statements on the session topic by the speakers, a debate based on the questions from audience follows.Call for ContributionsDuring the session, key messages and evidence from several ESPON projects – URRUC, SUPER, ESCAPE, SPIMA – will be presented. The session also invites conceptual and empirical contributions that explore the tensions in contemporary urban-rural partnerships as well as approaches to efficient planning and governance of urban-rural regions. To do so, we encourage the papers on specific arrangements between various policy domains, different stakeholders, and numerous administrative bodies included in planning and governing such spaces. In addition to the examples of ‘good governance’, the session hopes to elucidate different planning styles, tools, instruments, and mechanisms used to foster sustainability and resilience of urban-rural regions across the European territory. S9: Sustainable CityRegions – SDGs, indicators and evaluation toolsPedro Bizarro, Council on European Municipalities and Regions and Alice Siragusa, Joint Research Centre (JRC) – European CommissionTopicThe 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a strategic opportunity to establish an inclusive, participatory and place-based approach to territorial development. Integrated policies and planning contribute to foster cooperation between urban and rural areas, tackling depopulation, curbing the pressure on limited resources, as well as guaranteeing public service accessibility and minimum infrastructure to allow decent quality of life.For the URP2020 and in light of the New Leipzig Charter 2020, the session will present two tools that can foster multi-level, multi-sector and multi-stakeholder approach on the implementation of the SDGs and their track progress over time at local scale.The first one is the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC), a tool with a focus on the integrated approach to sustainable urban development, promoted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). The RFSC – cf. http://rfsc.eu/ – has been developed by a joint governance of all EU member states, the European Commission (DG REGIO) and networks of cities, to assist local and regional governments in the delivery of the Leipzig Charter on European Sustainable Cities and achieving the SDGs.The second tool is the European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews, elaborated by the Joint Research Centre. The Handbook offers to policy makers, researchers and practitioners an inspirational framework to set up Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), instruments elaborated by cities and regions to monitor progresses and sustain the transformative and inclusive action of local actors towards the achievement of the SDGs – cf. https://urban.jrc.ec.europa.eu/#/en/sdgsCall for Contributions and Session FormatThe session will involve 2 speakers from CEMR and DG JRC and invites 2 further input speakers and/or posters to present on the topic. A demonstration of the RFSC tool and the European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews, as well as a moderated workshop are foreseen.  T1: Posters and Pitches related to Track 1 Governance of urban-rural linkagesThis session is reserved for the submission of a poster or pitch presentation related toTrack 1 Governance of urban-rural linkages.Poster: The poster format is DIN A0, portrait. Feel free to additionally bring handouts of your poster or related publications. Early Career Researchers can participate in a poster award.Pitch: An elevator pitch is a quick one-minute advertising introduction to a poster, topic or session that is shown later in the poster session, programme or can be found online. The pitch can be done by several persons, but there is a strict time-limit of maximum 1 minute per pitch. 1 slide in Power Point (in 16:9 format) should be provided to visualize the main content.Track 2: Land-use management on a regional scaleThis tract asks how to steer more sustainable and resilient land use in diverse urban-rural settings and development dynamics, including brownfield reuse and re-growth. Integrated land-use management comprises social and technological infrastructures and mobility services to enable proper living conditions and quality of life while considering also consequences for the environment. S10: (Re)growth and urban-rural linkages in aregional scope: a cross-European perspectiveVanessa Miriam Carlow, TU Braunschweig, Annegret Haase and Dieter Rink Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZTopicThis session discusses urban (re)growth and urban-rural linkages in a regional scope applying a cross-European approach. In doing so, it includes two different perspectives.In a first part, we invite papers that conceptually and/or empirically deal with regrowing cities and/or urban regions and related chances and challenges. The papers should take either take a case-based or comparative perspective. We would like to discuss the issue that, after decades of shrinkage, many urban regions across Europe have seen new growth within the last years or decade. New growth either happened as inner-city reurbanization or as growth of the city as a whole or the urban region. Now cities have to deal with redensification, new demand for businesses, housing and infrastructures. This situation brings about new challenges for policy-making and governance, involved actors and levels of decision-making. Set against this background, we discuss what prospects, chances and challenges regrowth brings for urban sustainability and what trade-offs and conflicts emerge from it for governance and planning.In a second part, we discuss central findings of the METAPOLIS research project funded 2016 and 2020 by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture (VW Vorab). This includes questions of mobility, landscape ecology, urban climatology and hydrology, political and social networks, energy and resource consumption, settlement patterns, novel planning instruments – and their interrelations, and derived scenarios for the future development of the METAPOLIS developed with relevant stakeholders. The discussion of the project results relate to the context that Germany is considered a highly urbanized country. Yet, outside the large metropolitan agglomerations, most people, just like 71 % of the Lower Saxony population, live in small and medium sized towns, suburbs or villages, in both – prosperous or economically stagnating regions. The resulting network of large, medium-sized and small settlements set in a rural landscape matrix, linked by flows of people, goods, energy, materials, and information, was conceptualized as METAPOLIS by an interdisciplinary team of researchers.Call for ContributionsWe invite oral presentations and posters on papers as indicated above. S11: Land thrift, housing, and densification –international perspectives on strategies of land policyThomas Hartmann, Wageningen University and Andreas Hengstermann, Bern UniversityTopicLand is a scarce resource. Not only in Germany but also in neighbouring countries, land is under pressure. In most urban areas, land prices are currently rising asking for land for housing. At the same time, land shall be used thriftly: The demand for urban growth on the one hand, and environmental or agricultural concerns for the preservation of landscapes on the other hand, are thus in conflict. Densification promises to relief this tension, but it comes along with new challenges related to land policy.Thereby, the way land is managed in the relation between urban and rural areas is not only an administrative, but above all a land policy issue. The political dimension of land management is often pushed into the background by the discussion about the effectiveness of spatial planning instruments. Spatial planning needs to face the political challenges of dealing with land to work a sustainable use of scarce land. This requires a broad debate on instruments of land policy and its strategic use.Call for ContributionsThis special session seeks to elaborate on strategies of land policy to tackle urban-rural relationships regarding the use of land. In particular, this session elaborates on the international experiences. This approach allows a structured academic reflection on triggers and directions of changes in land policies and thus better land policy.Session FormatSelected experts will reflect on strategies of land policy in their respective countries. The format of the session foresees short inputs by the experts complemented by an interactive podium debate and interaction with the audience. S12: Environmental perspective on the urban-rural nexusDaniel Reißmann, German Environment Agency and Alice Schröder, German Environment AgencyTopicTowns and cities are linked in a variety of ways with the countryside. In growing urban regions, the peripheral areas fulfil important functions, e.g. for the housing market or as a space for recreation. The economic structures of many towns and cities are closely intertwined with rural areas through commuting, leisure and consumer behaviour, trade, or flows of money. Supply and disposal infrastructures and transport relationships are organized beyond the municipal boundaries, as well as cultural and touristic offers. Many environmental aspects cannot be discussed in detail without considering urban-rural relationships, i.e. the various functional and spatial relationships within the urban-rural nexus. Municipalities and the surrounding rural areas are reacting to the growing need for cooperation by setting up administratively anchored regional associations, or sectoral associations, e.g. for transport or supply and disposal infrastructures. Complex issues such as adaptation to climate change, demographic change, regional economic structures, education, and digitalization are also increasingly addressed. With the debate on equal living conditions additional topics arise, such as the spatial and social distribution of environmental benefits and threats in an urban-rural context. Moreover, urban-rural relationships are also of growing importance for environmental and sustainability research. The session will therefore discuss approaches in the context of recent challenges (like climate change, Energiewende, land consumption etc.) with a distinct focus on- environmental impacts of urban development on surrounding areas (e.g. land consumption by peri-urban housing, transport development)- instruments for environmentally relevant urban-rural interactions (e.g. to analyze material flows between municipalities and rural areas)- environmental benefits of cooperation between municipalities (e.g. harmonised development of infrastructures, consolidated regional commercial development)- spatial and social distribution of environmental benefits/ threats and social interlinkages; environmental justiceSession FormatIn an introductory presentation, the German Environment Agency will outline its relevant work in the area. This will be followed by ca. 4 * 10–15 min presentations of scientific and practical approaches selected from proposals from Call for Abstracts.Call for ContributionsWe invite oral presentations and posters from researcher and developers, practitioners, politicians and administration experts. S13: Implementing multifunctional blue-green infrastructure – challenges and opportunitiesRoland A. Müller, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Ulrich Meyer, Kommunale Wasserwerke LeipzigTopicWater and energy management is a key issue for sustainable spatial planning and within the SDGs, both under processes of population growth and shrinkage. Rural and urban areas are facing the expected consequences from climate change, especially more and longer droughts, heat waves and extreme rain events. Therefore multifunctional blue-green infrastructure (BGI) solutions are becoming more important for resilient climate adaptation. BGIs provide several ecosystem services e.g. for water storage, infiltration, transpiration, cooling, irrigation, energy production and quality of life.In this session the manifold challenges and options for an integration of multifunctional BGIs should be discussed using the example of district development and brownfield revitalisation. The City of Leipzig is one of 20 model cities within the federal initiative “future city”. Based on the related transdisciplinary project “Leipziger BlauGrün” the session will address co-design activities between stakeholders from science, local administration and industry for successful implementation of a BGI framework with governmental, technical, legal and financial recommendations. As we plan to have speakers from the local authority, the session will be held in German.Call for ContributionsAbstracts for short talks (max. 5min) and posters that deal with the described issues in other cities or rural areas are welcomed.FormatThe Session will be in German. Input talks (5–10 min) and moderated interactive discussion with audience, 4 speakers, 1 moderator, 60–90 minutes. The chairs will select the speakers based on stakeholders from the project “Leipziger BlauGrün” or suitable submitted abstracts for talks. T2: Posters and Pitches related to Track 2 Land-use management on a regional scaleThis session is reserved for the submission of a poster or pitch presentation related toTrack 2 Governance of urban-rural linkages.Poster: The poster format is DIN A0, portrait. Feel free to additionally bring handouts of your poster or related publications. Early Career Researchers can participate in a poster award.Pitch: An elevator pitch is a quick one-minute advertising introduction to a poster, topic or session that is shown later in the poster session, programme or can be found online. The pitch can be done by several persons, but there is a strict time-limit of maximum 1 minute per pitch. 1 slide in Power Point (in 16:9 format) should be provided to visualize the main content.Track 3: Resilience and extreme eventsContributions to this track aim at designing new sociotechnical and nature-based solutions towards robust urban and rural systems. The sessions focus on coping with climate change, extreme events and disruptive changes. They also reflect on integrative multi-level approaches that link urban and rural ecosystems while considering also, justice and real-world paradoxes.S14: Urban-resilient city: how to integrate justice in re-naturing urban areasThomas Thaler, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and Thomas Hartmann, Wageningen UniversityTopicDespite considerable efforts to reduce disaster risk by using technical solutions, losses due to hydro-meteorological hazards remain significant. Due to location, high concentration of people, and increasingly complex and interdependent infrastructures, especially urban areas are highly vulnerable to pluvial and fluvial flooding. Urban resilience has been emerging as a response to such disasters. Flood-resilient cities are meant to anticipate, recover from, and adapt to shocks and stresses.To realize resilience, nature-based solutions (NbS), such as forests, green roofs and facades, or green areas, are often discussed as solutions with multiple benefits and hardly any downsides for adaptation to climate change. They promise to mitigate consequences of flooding, but also reduce effects of urban heat islands, improve health and quality of life, create green jobs and increase the attractiveness of a city.However, recent studies of NbS’ planning and implementation show that they also run the risk of manifesting or even increasing social inequalities. So far, justice has been barely addressed by both scholars and policy-makers in relation to resilience.Call for Contributions and FormatThis interdisciplinary session discusses questions regarding justice aspects of how different social groups in urban areas are affected by climate change-induced risks, if and how NbS affect social groups differently and if public policies consider these issues of justice.We invite abstracts for oral presentations with general debate with the audience. S15: Paradoxes of resilience in the context of urban and rural areasMariana Madruga de Brito, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Christian Kuhlicke, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZTopicEnhancing resilience has become one of the key driving questions in extreme events research and policy. This concept is frequently used by politicians to gain political support, urban planners are requested to consider it, several institutions fund research into it, and academics are debating on how to measure and enhance resilience.Resilience is often framed as a promising idea that provides a stimulating way of thinking on how to boost the capacity of urban and rural systems to withstand future disturbances. At the same time, there is an increasing debate emerging about the wider implications of a change towards resilience in urban and rural planning.During this interdisciplinary and participatory session, we will explore the advancements, promises, trade-offs and dilemmas of the resilience concept, pointing towards new conflicts and solutions. We will also discuss challenges in the monitoring and evaluation of resilience and the efficacy of resilience interventions (e.g. sociotechnical and nature-based solutions).Call for ContributionsWe invite empirical examples as well as conceptual reflections from different disciplines and case-studies. Examples can include, for instance, cities that have successfully coped with disasters, leading to a false sense of security, which in turn reduces its resilience.  Similarly, citizens who are prepared for high risk and paradoxically expose themselves to greater risk because of their perceived self-reliance. We will also cover unintended consequences such as the reinforcement of existing inequalities or the creation of new ones.Contributions are expected in the format of short abstracts (around 150 words) describing paradoxes and promises of the resilience concept as well as gaps in resilience monitoring and evaluation. Examples focused at the urban and / or rural scale are welcome.Session FormatA world-café format will be used to explore the topic from multiple diverse perspectives while ensuring equal footing among participants. The session will start with an elevator pitch presentation, where all authors will present the essence of their contribution in 2 minutes. The presentation may be a single slide, animation or simply a PDF showing your ideas. After that, participants will be divided into small groups to discuss different challenges. After changing tables and topics, the results of the discussion will be presented to all participants. In the end, ideas for a tentative joint paper will be debated. S16: Urban – rural (dis-)continuities: Better understanding the urban-rural interactions to ensure equitable, green and healthy urban transitions in Europe and China through nature-based solutionsEllen Banzhaf, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Philipp Misselwitz, TU BerlinTopicFollowing the call for new integrated territorial planning approaches and people- and place-based development at the urban-rural interface that is aligned with the localisation of SDG’s and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the session takes stock of recent attempts to develop new approaches which accounts for the manifold interrelations and linkages between urban and rural spaces. During rapid urbanisation processes, historically evolved intricate urban-rural metabolisms are often at risk exacerbating environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges. In this context, Nature-based Solutions (NBS) offer a useful conceptual framework in which to readdress multidimensional and multi-scalar contemporary challenges facing both urban and rural areas such as climate change resilience, biodiversity loss, and social equity.The session will invite an assessment of innovative sociotechnical and nature-based solutions facing socio-economic and environmental challenges by building on approaches of, e.g., air pollution, noise, water risk and water quality management, waste management, resource efficiency, ecological food production, eco-tourism and revitalisation of cultural and built heritage at the urban-rural interface. What are specific conceptual and/ or practically tested solutions? How do they impact efficiently on the sustainable transformation of urban and rural spaces?Exemplifications may relate to the EC funded REGREEN project for Europe and China(https://www.regreen-project.eu/) and the BMBF-funded Sino-German research project “Urban-Rural Assembly (URA)” (https://urbanruralassembly.com).Session Format and Call for ContributionsWe will identify speakers for our session and also invite / accept contributions that may fit in well resulting of URP2020 call for abstracts / contributions.One introductory talk (max. 10 min) followed by short presentations including critical questions (5–7 minutes presentation – can be linked with a poster). The presentations concentrate on exploratory and ongoing research, short or experimental case studies in China and Europe. Format aims at close interaction with audience and plenty of room for discussion. S17: Linking urban and rural ecosystems in policy, practice and governanceVincent O’Connell, Secretary General PURPLE and Ute Ammering, University of Innsbruck (t.b.c.)TopicOne effective way to formulate place-sensitive approaches to help link rural and urban areas is to understand and capitalise upon the relative strengths and contributions of territories of different kinds and explore how these can be exploited for mutual – and broader – benefit. This process will often require the confounding of assumptions and stereotypes! One particular context in which this approach can be used is that of ecosystems where policy conventions regarding distinctions, divisions and supposed conflict between urban and rural areas will for example assume urbanisation to be an automatic threat to ecosystems/services. In reality, cities and countryside – together with the peri-urban areas situated in-between - form complex territorial patterns within which many win-win scenarios can be developed. The multiple interactions across these territories are dynamic and change over time and require careful management and clear understanding in order to achieve sustainable regional development.Providing and enhancing ecosystem services across such territorial “lines” is key to local and wider resilience and achieving foresight and planning regarding future sustainability challenges. Such ecosystems management can be used to help shape coherent territorial development when driven by place-sensitive policy. The proximity of protected and other valuable space around and beyond urban areas can be capitalised upon to strengthen multi-level urban-rural governance arrangements and cooperation. Challenges remain in fully achieving this potential at both policy and practice levels, and just how these are (and are to be) overcome will be the particular focus of this session.Call for Contributions and Session Format (t.b.c.)We call for brief summary presentation of 5–7 papers selected in response to the call for abstracts and to be circulated in draft form in advance of the event. During the sessions these papers will be presented in very short form – restricted to 2–3 slide inputs.  This will be followed by an interactive discussion (world café, fishbowl or panel) to form the main part of the session. S18: COVID19 – Implications for Sustainable & Resilient Urban-Rural PartnershipsStephan Bartke, UBA and Sigrun Kabisch, UFZSustainable and resilient – the Corona-virus globally to very locally has questioned the day to day life of people, communities and urban-rural partnerships. While regional food and resources cycles gain attention, intermunicipal collaboration is threatened by acute action needed facing the crisis. We invite contributions to discuss, to analyze or reflect on the topical implications and more fundamental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for urban-rural partnerships’ near and strategic futures. What may we not forget in the topical situation and what can we learn for strategically improving our abilities to become resilient facing massive unforeseen shocks? Can urban-rural partnerships become the solution to a refocused, physically de-globalized world? T3: Posters and Pitches related to Track 3 Resilience and extreme eventsThis session is reserved for the submission of a poster or pitch presentation related to Track 3 Resilience and extreme events.Poster: The poster format is DIN A0, portrait. Feel free to additionally bring handouts of your poster or related publications. Early Career Researchers can participate in a poster award.Pitch: An elevator pitch is a quick one-minute advertising introduction to a poster, topic or session that is shown later in the poster session, programme or can be found online. The pitch can be done by several persons, but there is a strict time-limit of maximum 1 minute per pitch. 1 slide in Power Point (in 16:9 format) should be provided to visualize the main content.Track 4: Regional circular economiesSessions in this track introduce and critically review the challenges of building regional circular economies. The focus is on establishing economical regional value chains and enhancing resource efficiency based on a deeper understanding of the urban-rural metabolism. This will be elaborated with several examples related to land use, water, food production and others. S19: Land-use change along urban-rural linkages: the role of food production and consumptionMarkus Meyer, University of Twente and Andrea Früh-Müller, Research Group on Agricultural and Regional Development TriesdorfTopicThe population in urban agglomerations is expected to rise to a share of 68 % of the global population by 2050. Traditionally, urban areas mostly sourced food from their rural hinterland. However, urban areas shape with their processing facilities and consumers market opportunities for rural areas. Globalization and associated international trade-flows raise and scatter the extent of the global hinterland of urban areas. In a European context, the current role and impact of regional food sourcing is currently under debate.To address the debate on regional food chains, it is necessary to understand not only the isolated role of food production along urban-rural linkages but also general patterns of urban-rural exchange relationships (not only for food).Call for ContributionsIn that respect, we aim at contributions – not as oral presentations but active participation in the discussion and or posters outlining relevant key issues – towards assessing the role of (regional) food production on current as well as future exchange relationships between cities and their rural hinterland. The aim of this workshop will be to identify major patterns and typologies of food-related land use conflicts between urban and rural areas.Session FormatThis participatory workshop in World Café format will identify and rate with an emphasis on urban-rural linkages:- major driving forces influencing food production and consumption- land use conflicts influenced by these driving forces- exemplary regions representing the identified food-related land-use conflicts.The workshop should clarify the role of food production and consumption for the identified land-use conflicts across Europe to contribute to a joint position paper. S20: Meeting the challenge for transition of rural-urban value chains towards sustainability and resilienceDaniel Schiller, University of Greifswald and Johannes Fuchs, University of GreifswaldTopicValue chains are an important element in the formation of rural-urban partnerships providing a foundation of regional circular economies by linking rural and urban regions via production, processing, consumption, and recycling. Rural-urban value chains have emerged most prominently within the context of food and energy systems. Their recent dynamism is driven by an increasing demand for locally sourced produces and environmentally conscious consumption. They are further triggered by the recent rurality reinvention discourse and the rediscovery of the countryside. In addition, new digital technologies are having a transformative effect on the configuration of rural-urban value chains.Call for ContributionsAgainst this topical backdrop, the session aims at bringing together contributions for oral presentation that assess the outcomes of rural-urban value chains related to sustainability and resilience. The following non-exhaustive enumeration provides examples of questions that are intended to be addressed by the papers presented in the session:- Are rural-urban value chains a means to initiate sustainability transitions within rural-urban regions?- Under which circumstances are rural-urban value chains contributing to an increased localization of value creation and value capture?- What is the impact of small scale, localized production on the resilience of rural-urban value chains?- How does the interrelation between rural-urban value chains and the preservation of cultural landscapes look like?- Do rural-urban value chains improve mutual understanding of rural and urban populations?Session FormatThe basic format is "present and discuss". After an introduction, oral presentation of 4 to 5 papers (15 min + 5 min discussion) concluded by a wrap-up discussion at the end.S21: Measuring economic and material flows: methodological options for the analyses of urban-rural metabolismsTobias Chilla, University of Erlangen–Nuremberg and Manuela Burkert, University of Erlangen–NurembergTopicThis workshop focusses on methodological questions linked to urban-rural metabolisms. We are interested in particular in the nexus of economic and material/ecological flows in regional value creation. Circular economies bear a large potential in the implementation of the SDGS as they contribute in the ecological sense (e.g. sustainable production patterns) and in the socio-economic sense (e.g. sustainable economic growth, cultural heritage).The methods for analysing material and value flows of regional economies differ with regard to their spatial scale (global, national, regional, firm level, etc.) as well as to their methodological approaches to capture the (socio-) economic and ecological dimension.Call for ContributionsContributions to the session as oral presentations or posters should address one or more of the following questions:- How can material flows and value creation be analysed in the context of urban-rural relations?- Which indicators can be identified to quantify material flows and value chains? How to deal with data shortages?- What are the advantages and challenges of the methods at hand?- Which scale level can be considered by these analysis methods (global, national, regional, intra-regional, firm specific)?- Which governance setting can be identified along the value chain?- Which policy recommendation can be identified to strengthen sustainable urban-rural relations?Session FormatResearchers, policy makers and practitioners will present and discuss. S22: Understanding and enhancing Urban-rural networks: value chains assessed, explored and adoptedArian Gülker, Schweisfurth Stiftung, Ludwig Hentschel, Gemeinde Bennewitz and Anett Richter, Thünen Insitute for BiodiversityTopicIn order to understand existing regional value chains, it is useful not only to conduct classical market analysis, but also to explore networks and facilitate participation processes with local actors.  Net-Mapping is a promising solution for this. In a moderated group discussion local actors are the experts of their own network. By mapping their network, potentials, gaps and cooperation possibilities can be identified. This knowledge can then be used to link existing and new value chains and thus promote regional economic development.In the context of the Stadt-Land-Plus project WERTvoll, the networks of actors along the regional value chain were very helpful in identifying potentials and gaps for the re-regionalisation of the food system.From a scientific point of view, Net-Mapping is a very effective way to obtain useful data and at the same time a way to strengthen the actors in the urban-rural food system. Therefore, this form of social network analysis helps to understand and change food systems in order to improve people's living conditions in terms of sustainability.Session FormatIn our session we will describe the method, present the results and let the participants benefit from our experience. The session is open for further contributions.Contribution I: “Establishing a basis for regional value chains through participatory formats” - Facing the challenge of establishing regional value chains in the context of urban rural partnerships, it is crucial to give actors the chance for communication and cooperation. Arian Gülker – Schweisfurth Stiftung (Projekt WERTvoll) and Ludwig Hentschel (local coordinator/Projekt WERTvoll) we will show a method of designing participatory events that empower the participants to develop their own vision of a sustainable future while planning specific next steps.Contribution II: “Understanding value chains using Social Network Analysis” - In order to understand regional value chains it is useful to explore networks and facilitate participation processes with local actors. Net mapping is a form of Social Network analysis with a hands-on approach for manifold stakeholders. The presenters will describe the method, present first results and let the participants benefit from experience based from the WERTvoll project.Contribution III: “Exploring value chains in Living Labs and through Citizen Science (Approaches and Potentials and Barriers)” - Living Labs or Agroecosystem Living Laboratories, as well as Citizen Science, are potential research infrastructures that combine transformative and participatory research through transdisciplinary approaches and novel means of research. Novel in this sense is specifically the diversity of partnerships that together pave the way towards the transition to sustainable, climate and ecosystem-friendly resource management. Dr. Anett Richter, Thünen Insitute for Biodiversity, will introduce Living Labs and Citizen Science as two approaches for understanding value chains in urban-rural networks. I will show the mutual benefits of collaborative design processes (co-creation) and will highlight the potentials and barriers of these approaches, specifically in an agricultural context.Call for ContributionsThe session is open for further contributions from experts who have practical experience with Net-Mapping, other forms of social network analysis or network based participatory approaches. We are therefore happy to integrate short pitch contributions (3–4 min) or posters. S23: Circular Economy – from business models to regional transition?Daniel Keech and Matthew Reed, University of Gloucestershire and Theresia Oedl-Wieser, Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Rural and Mountain ResearchTopicCircular Economy (CE) is a contested idea (Korhonen et al. 2018) of recent interest to policy-makers and business networks (e.g. the Ellen MacArthur Foundation). CE foresees a dramatic and urgent transition from linear, extractive and wasteful economic practices in favour of an ‘ecology’ of material flows, thereby conceptually eliminating waste. As the range of circular business models expands – for example using food waste to feed livestock; the ‘urban mining’ of repurposed construction materials for new buildings, or social circular enterprises which pursue social progress – businesses and policies embrace CE as a way to combine sustainability and growth in rural and urban areas.Stimulated by the convenors’ involvement in the Horizon 2020 project ROBUST (www.rural-urban.eu), which explores the governance of rural and urban synergies, this session seeks to raise questions including:(i) What range and types of CE enterprise models can be identified/characterised?(ii) How do these underline rural-urban synergies? Food, minerals, energy and social sectors seem to offer especial potential.(iii) How can such innovations best harness regional economic transitions, for example through the transformation of pubic and social infrastructures, and beyond a proliferation of inspiring but scattered good practice?(iv) And conversely, might CE lead to a lasting change in enterprise culture (e.g. from competition to enhanced collaborations, fostering social progress) in addition to ‘green growth’?Call for ContributionsWe welcome abstracts for oral presentations and posters from regional and municipal authorities and civil society groups interested in governance innovations; researchers with an interest in regional development and spatial planning as well as rural and urban sociologists; commercial and social enterprises wishing to share or learn from existing CE practice at the level of the firm or network.Session FormatPresent and discuss format. Ideally 4 (or a maximum of 5 speakers) will be assigned 15 minutes each per presentation, inclusive of short clarification questions. In addition, 15–30 minutes (depending on speaker number) will be available for a discussion around the question: What, given the interesting models of circular enterprise presented, are the mechanisms whereby meso-level policy and practice change can be secured at regional level to support rural-urban synergies? S24: Town hinterland water and nutrient transactionsAlka Palrecha, People in Centre and Vishwanath Srikantaiah (Zenrainman), Biome Environmental SolutionsTopicRural and urban are conceived as the opposing ends of the civilizational continuum regarding water use. Despite complementary coexistence, this divisive conception is reflected in the contrasting policy and planning tools serving these areas. The conventional approach to urban planning is based on the assumption that water is a good that can be brought from distance sources through pipes and tankers. The rural areas are not only sites of extraction and production for the city but also are at the receiving end of wastes and effluents from urban areas. Rural areas have been the externalities of political and economically powerful urban areas through policies and design. Rural and urban resources are interconnected by their hydrological system like groundwater, surface water and increasingly even wastewater across time and space. The material benefits (beyond jobs and livelihoods) to villages are to be recognized too, these may be with supply of water (through tankers), and potential of gaining through reusing waste, and most importantly through charging for providing ecosystem services like natural treatment of wastewaters or using wastewater and nutrients therein thus completing the nutrient cycle. Urban-rural relations are key to strategic cooperation between urban utility providers and rural landholders for water and wastewater production and reproduction.The recognition of interdependencies of water and wastewater between rural and urban with a circular economy perspective is the focus of the session. The objective of the session is to build cooperation between urban and rural giving a form to these collaborations of water and wastewater and legitimising their interdependencies.Call for Contributions and FormatContributions in the form of oral presentation including slides with visual, audio or both formats, research papers, posters and films are called that reconceptualise, test hypotheses, critically review or provide narration of case studies for greater understanding of the relationship between the rural and urban. T4: Posters and Pitches related to Track 4 Regional circular economiesThis session is reserved for the submission of a poster or pitch presentation related to Track 4 Regional circular economies.Poster: The poster format is DIN A0, portrait. Feel free to additionally bring handouts of your poster or related publications. Early Career Researchers can participate in a poster award.Pitch: An elevator pitch is a quick one-minute advertising introduction to a poster, topic or session that is shown later in the poster session, programme or can be found online. The pitch can be done by several persons, but there is a strict time-limit of maximum 1 minute per pitch. 1 slide in Power Point (in 16:9 format) should be provided to visualize the main content.Track 5: Digitalization in cities and villagesThis track explores digitalization strategies as catalyst and enabler of innovative development strategies, including hands-on scenarios and simulations. The sessions discuss the interrelation of digitalization and sustainable development and ask how regions can use digital transformation to build more sustainable and resilient societies and urban-rural partnerships.S25: More digital = more sustainable? How cities and regions can use the digital transformation to build sustainable and resilient societiesPeyman Khodabakhsh, atene KOM GmbH and Liz Price, University of LincolnTopicThe digital transformation has traditionally been promoted as a clear driver for a sustainable economic, environmental and social development of cities and regions and as a solution to the continuing urbanisation and outmigration from rural areas. But global discussions on digitalization and the Sustainable Development Goals during recent years have also shown challenges and possible rebound effects related to economic, environmental and human well-being and societal cohesion. Will digitalization necessarily lead us into a more sustainable future? And how can we make sure that the digital transformation and the sustainable development of cities and regions can go hand in hand and support each other? The aim of this session is to explore how cities and regions can shape their digitalization strategies in a way that supports a transition towards more sustainable and resilient societies. It will build on stories and concrete examples from different parts of Europe.Session FormatThe session will combine elements of controversy and flash presentations. Two opening speakers will present opposing positions on the question in how far (and to what extent) digitalization supports the sustainable development. These opening presentations will take an overall perspective on the topic. After that, 3 short flash presentations by representatives of cities and regions will show different approaches on how to include sustainability and resilience as underlying principles in digitalization strategies and how this can work in practice. We will use an electronic audience interaction tool to involve the audience via voting, questionnaires or quizzes. Furthermore, the audience will also be encouraged to get involved in the discussions in a moderated Q&A part of the session.Call for ContributionsThe primary target group of the session are representatives of European cities and regions. The secondary target groups are representatives of research institutions and other initiatives working on issues related to regional and urban development and/or digitalization. Speakers will be identified based on European networks and based on abstracts proposed to the session chairs. The form of expected contributions can be oral presentations, flash presentations and/or posters on concrete case examples in cities and regions. S26: Smart Villages – Catalysts of inclusive development?Arun Kashyap, Global Futures Group, Grace Githiri & Remy Sietchiping, UN-Habitat, Julia Binder, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg and Ariane Sept, Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene SozialforschungTopicThe proposal while emphasizing the importance of Smart Villages in both, developing and developed countries, will critically reflect on technological needs, structural and institutional issues and operational aspects of successful smart villages while underscoring spatial effects and effective implementation of smart technologies in developing countries. It will highlight the global-local frameworks and principles that govern urban-rural linkages and suggest formulation of legislation and governance systems to strengthen urban-rural linkages and how to achieve them using innovation including digitalization, ICT knowledge and effective approaches to accomplishing circular economy. The role of ICT knowledge in shaping new forms of governance, cooperation, partnerships and network strategies will be examined, underscoring the involvement of actors as champions of inclusive development. Tools and methodologies to engage stakeholders and develop capacities of the citizens to better access goods and services will also be highlighted. The session will illustrate best practices for north-south and south-south partnerships to strengthen smart villages as catalysts of inclusive development.Some of the questions to be addressed include(i) How do we characterize actors and stakeholders that foster inclusive development against the backdrop of innovation, information- and technology knowledge?(ii) What are the socio-spatial and behavioral context factors that support or hinder these new forms of urban-rural partnership?(iii) Do these actor-networks constitute new forms of governance?(iv) What is the nature of support needed by the actors and stakeholders to form sustainable partnerships and networks?Session FormatPresent and discuss: 6 short presentations (10 min); 30 min panel and open discussionCall for ContributionsWe invite contributions for oral presentations and posters on the above-mentioned topics both from researchers and stakeholders. T5: Posters and Pitches related to Track 5 Digitalization in cities and villagesThis session is reserved for the submission of a poster or pitch presentation related to Track 5 Digitalization in cities and villages.Poster: The poster format is DIN A0, portrait. Feel free to additionally bring handouts of your poster or related publications. Early Career Researchers can participate in a poster award.Pitch: An elevator pitch is a quick one-minute advertising introduction to a poster, topic or session that is shown later in the poster session, programme or can be found online. The pitch can be done by several persons, but there is a strict time-limit of maximum 1 minute per pitch. 1 slide in Power Point (in 16:9 format) should be provided to visualize the main content.