Special Session – Risks in Tomorrow’s Cities: the interplay of risks and rapid urban development

Special Session – Risks in Tomorrow’s Cities: the interplay of risks and rapid urban development


Professor Tiziana Rossetto
University College London

Professor Sangeeta Singh
Tribhuvan University

Juan Gabriel Barros López
Instituto Geofísico Escuela
Politécnica Nacional (IG-EPN)

Professor Eser Cakti
Boğaziçi University

Daniel Andrade
Instituto Geofísico Escuela
Politécnica Nacional (IG-EPN)

Anup Shrestha
Tribhuvan University

Session Description

Globally, more than 2 billion people living in cities are exposed to disasters from multiple hazards, which threaten the cyclical destruction of their lives and livelihoods. Rapid urbanisation can exacerbate risk to natural hazards in different ways. Informal housing can lead to a more vulnerable built environment. The rapidity of housing development is often greater than infrastructure provision, leading to overstretched services.  The need for new sites to develop can lead to the occupation of hazardous areas, or ones where there is little historical knowledge of hazards. Urban regeneration leads to taller buildings and higher urban densities, increasing exposure to hazards but simultaneously altering the socio-economic fabric of the areas. Moreover, urbanisation and associated works can also increase the likelihood of different natural hazards. For example, urbanisation may result in more frequent and severe urban fires, and increased occurence of flash flooding due to reduced natural drainage. 

This special session looks to explore the interplay between the dynamics of urban development of cities and natural hazard risks to buildings, infrastructure and communities. Papers and extended abstracts and case studies are welcome from all disciplines and participants from academia, professional practice, local government, insurance and community groups are warmly invited. It is hoped that a rich discussion can take place during the session to explore the different facets of the Theme. 

Areas covered by the session include, but are not limited to: 

  • Urban growth trajectories and natural and/or man-made hazard risk 
  • Urban regeneration and natural/man-made hazard risk 
  • Risk consideration in urban planning and development decisions 
  • How urbanisation increases/decreases natural/man-made hazard risks 
  • Natural/man-made hazard risk and the urban poor 
  • Natural/man-made hazard resilience of cities and their constituent parts (i.e. physical, social or financial infrastructure) 
  • Risks to cities from natural or man-made hazards, today and in the future. 

Abstract Submission Deadline : 30 January 2021
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