Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Landscape Ecology

Workshop: B³ (Bounce Back Better)

Factors for urban resilience in a time of multiple crisis

Workshop at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 12th Sept. 2022



The symptoms of crises (climate crisis, corona crisis, economic and financial crises, democracy crisis) within urban settings are strongly linked to the emergence of related socio-demographic and socio-ecological conflicts (over distribution of resources, access to service, power relations, values and interests, different/opposing future goals, etc.). With the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, at latest, cities are affected by multiple crisis challenging any policy reaction in being timely and adequate.

Against this background, this workshop has questioned what multiple crises - especially the current Covid-19 pandemic - mean for urban transformations with a particular focus on a) effects of a crisis itself, b) effects of policy reaction to the corresponding crisis, and c) overlays with other crisis or shock events: Why are some cities better prepared for the effects of multiple crises than others? Which cities recover better and faster than others and why? What can we learn for a post-crisis era?





  • From a conceptual perspective, the workshop started to rethink existing paradigms in urban resilience theory against the background of multiple crisis phenomena. Using the multi-disciplinary background of the involved scholars, a short research note was drafted which details new and urgent analytical lenses relevant for future urban studies in a crisis context.
  • At the operational level, the workshop contrasted different national settings and processes from around the globe looking at the interplay of demographic, economic and social driving forces. This is the start for a more comprehensive common research design with a particular focus on comparative urban studies targeting a Special Issue.
  • At the strategic level, the continued cooperation and networking of workshop participants will provide a fruitful environment for future joint actions. This international and interdisciplinary expert network will foster a better understanding of the state, changes, and challenges of cities in multiple crisis contexts for scholars, planners and politicians.





Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

Cambridge Architectural Research Limited, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Center for Community Progress, Washington D.C., USA

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, France

French Bureau of the Maison Franco-Japonaise, Tokyo, Japan

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany

Hogeschool Zuyd, Heerlen, Netherlands

Hunan University, Changsha, China

L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany

Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania

Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada


Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Itajaí, Brazil

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany

University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław, Poland

Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia



The workshop was supported by funding of the Geo.X network under the call Grow Your Idea. We are thankful for their help in growing our collaborative project.




Dr. Manuel Wolff