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Can Urban Resilience be Redeemed? Theories, Models and Tactics for Contemporary Cities organised by the PhD Programme in Urban and Regional Development
Torino, 28-30 October 2020

What is resilience? From a physical and natural sciences perspective, it implies the ‘capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change to still retain essentially the same function, structure, identity, and feedbacks’.
But for planners and geographers dealing with space - who are more interested in transformative potentials rather than vulnerabilities management- resilience must bring about something more than ‘reworking’ and ‘resistance’. Resilience captures ‘the ability of an urban system - and all its constituent socio-ecological and socio-technical networks across temporal and spatial scales - to maintain or rapidly return to desired functions in the face of a disturbance, to adapt to change, and to quickly transform systems that limit current or future adaptive capacity’.
Using this interrogation as a point of departure, the Ph.D. Excellence Course “Can Urban Resilience be Redeemed? Theories, Models and Tactics for Contemporary Cities” aims at revisiting the concept of resilience along the lines of critical consideration questioning if it is a useful paradigm which allows us to think in new ways about planning theory.

Ombretta Caldarice (coordinator), Stefano Cozzolino (ILS), Sara Meerow (ASU), Roberto Rocco (TUDELFT), Nicola Tollin (SDU)

ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development Dortmund (Germany), Arizona State University - School of Geographical Science & Urban Planning (SGSUP) TU Delft - Department of Urbanism, Faculty, University of Southern Denmark - Civil and Architectural Engineering Department


R3C Phd Thesis Lab on Urban Resilience
Torino, I edition February - July 2019

The R3C PhD Thesis Lab on Urban Resilience aims at supporting PhD students in better understanding and addressing different needs and interests of their research in terms of mentoring, lab environment, and research project design

R3C PhD Thesis Lab would help PhD students in three main directions:

  • Find the right fit for their research projects in an interdisciplinary environment. In the R3C PhD Thesis Lab, the PhD students can meet Responsible Risk Resilience Centre – R3C research group, discuss about their challenges, and identify a direct scientific responsible to whom they can refer to. 
  • Be prepared and skilled on resilience. Framing and implementing resilience in the broad realm of urban studies is a challenge which few research groups are poised to accomplish through PhD tutoring as resilience studies require a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives that disciplinary research silos cannot support. The R3C PhD Thesis Lab can help PhD students to take on interdisciplinary research methodology to design resilient cities.
  • Seek a supportive and complementary lab environment. It is important that PhD students are comfortable with the people in the R3C group as research is hard and PhD students don’t want to compound that difficulty by entering a challenging situation. A research environment in which PhD students are able to bounce ideas off others is what makes great science. Ideally, PhD students should find an environment and a set of colleagues that they will learn from and enjoy professionally.

Grazia Brunetta (coordinator), Angioletta Voghera, Gilles Novarina (ENSAG), Ombretta Caldarice, Benedetta Giudice


Legal culture, cultural heritage and society. Normative, historical and social interpretations of religious heritage policies organised by the PhD Programme in Architectural and Landscape Heritage
Torino, January-February 2020

The PhD course deals with the juridical and social complexity of cultural heritage policies in an interdisciplinary perspective strongly oriented to understand the regulatory dimension.
The main objective of the course is to train PhD students in dealing with the patrimonial issue regarding the legal and social aspects. From this point of view, religious heritage is one of the most complex types of patrimony, implying canonical, ecclesiastical, administrative and covenant law matters.
The didactic objective will be pursued with lectures and interdisciplinary debates, which will consider the historical-architectural and historical-landscape themes (with attention to the themes of historical knowledge and the conservation of religious heritage), with particular attention to the disciplines of administrative law, law canon and religious sociology, with the direct voice of stakeholder representatives and holders of the objects being studied. Ongoing research projects will be presented critically to doctoral students.

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Andrea Longhi (coordinator), Rosario Ceravolo, Carla Bartolozzi, Chiara Calderini

Centro Conservazione e Restauro di Venaria, CEI – Conferenza Episcopale Italiana