Risk in the City

Today’s global and hyper-connected society faces a number of adverse situations, not all of which can be addressed under current capacity restraints.  Social, economic, environmental, technological, and geopolitical risks are increasingly interlinked in terms of their cause and effects due to their unpredictability, violence and disruptive impact. Therefore, their study implies a systemic approach to understanding the complexity of this phenomena. Among others, climate change, the rapid degradation of natural resources, profound changes brought about by new technologies or financial collapses are all examples of the uncertainty and complexity that characterize the present moment.

Cities as places of population concentration are, on the one hand, territories where the impacts of these risks may be more severe and, on the other, spaces of opportunity where models can be managed or tested to avoid collapses and promote new development paradigms. Also, the degree of exposure to risk is not always similar. More socio-economically vulnerable populations, such as those living in precarious urban settings, where the impacts of certain disruptive events tend to be more prominent, stand out more and more as victims of risk; but also, paradoxically, as possible agents for its management.

These risks, difficult to define and delimit spatially and temporally, have motivated a set of international efforts and cooperation agendas aimed at mitigating or eliminating them. In this context, we observe the progressive evolution of the city-sustainable model to the resilient city whose transition requires a broader critical discussion. In this sense, we look for reflections of a practical and / or empirical nature that reflect on:

  • Uncertainty and complexity in the contemporary city
  • Urban risks, weaknesses and consequences
  • International agendas and public policies against risk
  • Crisis and crisis management protocols
  • The paradigms of development against risk
  • Power, social inequality and risk
  • Community-based and / or technological innovation based on risk
  • Social movements against the risk
  • Urban planning in the context of risk
  • The risk in the production of knowledge