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11/27/2017 - 11/29/2017 | Hannover

Dangerous Landscapes - Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities

The Herrenhausen Conference "Dangerous Landscapes - Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities" is an interdisciplinary platform for developing risk reduction strategies for low-income communities threatened by natural hazards.

Climate change and rapid urbanization will expose more and more humans around the globe to natural hazards. Future informal urbanization activities in dangerous terrain will increase overall vulnerabilities especially for flooding and landslides in the fast growing regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Peri-urban and rural settlements will also face increased risks such as the intensification of droughts and a corresponding loss in livelihoods. Therefore, developing integrated risk reduction strategies in such regions will be one of the great challenges of the future. The Herrenhausen Conference "Dangerous Landscapes" will specifically examine trans-disciplinary and emerging approaches to disaster risk reduction in low-income communities. The conference will address integrative and affordable forms of prevention and counteractions that could be integrated into everyday life of threatened communities. Given the massive increase expected in urbanization, prevention and response efforts are likely to overwhelm state agencies, aid organizations, and residents in the coming years.
A broad array of experts from various disciplines is invited to join the conference, including researchers and practitioners of landscape and urban design, the humanities, the engineering sciences, as well as those involved in community-based organizations. The inputs will range from promising ideas to realized projects. Potentials of scalar applicability, bottom-up and top-down overlays, as well as linkages between high and low technologies will be explored. The collection of these contributions shall contribute to an ever-evolving taxonomy for disaster preparation in low-income communities.
"Dangerous Landscapes" is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation. The steering committee is chaired by Christian Werthmann (Institute for Landscape Architecture) and consists of Ulrike Grote (Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade) and Jörg Dietrich (Institute for Water Resources Management) as members of the TRUST Research Initiative (Transdisciplinary Rural Development Studies) at the Leibniz University of Hannover, and Miho Mazereeuw (Director of Urban Risk Lab at MIT) and Claudio Acioly (Head of Capacity Building at UN-Habitat) as international partners. The conference establishes a further link to a series of conferences initiated by the Informal Urbanism Hub as part of the UN-Habitat University Initiative (UNI).


A detailed program can soon be found on our website:
Cluster 1: Towards a Deeper Understanding of Risk
Cluster 2: Community-based Knowledge and Coping Strategies
Cluster 3: Landscape-based Disaster Risk Management
Cluster 4: Weaving and Wiring
Confirmed Speakers Include
Alejandro Echeverri, Medellín; Gerardo Gazmuri, Haiti; Undine Giseke, Berlin; David Gouverneur, Philadelphia; Johann-Christian Hannemann, Munich; Kate Harawa, Glasgow; Dan Lewis, Nairobi; Michel Matera, Maputo; Miho Mazereeuw, Cambridge, MA; Sarah Nandudu, Kampala, Chelina Odbert, Nairobi, Ronak B. Patel, Stanford, Jörg Rekittke, Melbourne, Ortwin Renn, Stuttgart; Wolfgang Rieger, Munich; Jakob Ryhner, Bonn; David Sanderson, Sydney; Torsten Schlurmann, Hanover; Rajendra Singh, Rajasthan; Hannes Taubenböck, Pfaffenhofen; Phil Thompson, Cambridge, MA; Koko Warner, Bonn; Fernando Zapata, Medellín.


Young PhD researchers and early Post-Docs (max. 5 years since PhD) can apply for one of 30 travel grants to take part in the Herrenhausen Conference "Dangerous Landscapes" in Hanover, Germany. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover. Please check the corresponding call on our website for more information:


The conference language is English.


The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".


Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hannover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a hotel as soon as you register.


Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend the conference. We can offer your place to another person if you cannot attend. Simply use the registration tool on our website to cancel or send us an email.

Information on participating / attending:
There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link on our website:


11/27/2017 13:00 - 11/29/2017 15:00

Event venue:

Herrenhausen Palace / Tagungszentrum Schloss Herrenhausen
Herrenhäuser Str. 5
30419 Hannover

Target group:

Scientists and scholars



Subject areas:

Construction / architecture, Geosciences, Oceanology / climate, Politics, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




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