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Assessing territorial resilience

01 oct 2019 14:30 - 01 jul 2020 12:15
IEA de Paris
Hôtel de Lauzun
17 Quai d’Anjou
Paris 4e

Seminar series held by the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, in collaboration with the City of Paris (Executive Office for Ecological Transition and Resilience) and the Engineering School of the City of Paris.

Aiming to make progress on governance tools, and in particular on methods for assessing resilience, the Paris IAS is launching this year a series of seminars which shall introduce a wider program on territorial resilience, innovative organizations, and how to assess them. In addition to interactive seminar sessions, the series will include a two-day workshop and an international conference.

This year's work will explore the matters of assessing a territory’s resilience and of evaluating policies designed to improve it through technical, human or political measures. How can a quality as multidimensional, complex and evolving as resilience be quantified? Should new indicators be developed, or should other evaluation methods be preferred? Can a circle of stakeholders be clearly outlined? Do the very modalities of public action and coordination need to be entirely rethought?

The series of seminars will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to make progress on these issues from both an operational and academic perspective.


  • Prefacing session, 1 Oct 2019: "Assessing territorial resilience: issues and challenges"
  • Three sessions to raise difficult questions

4 Nov 2019: Seminar session "Resilience in infrastructure and network management: coordination and anticipation"

10 Dec 2019: Seminar session "Human factors of territorial resilience: individual preparation and social cohesion"

8 Jan 2020: Seminar session "Cross-sectoral projects and modes of governance: good practices »

The sessions will focus on the assessment of the notions indicated in their titles. The aim is for policy makers and those working in the field, whether from local authorities or from a number of public and private sectors, to express their challenges relating to the topic and the questions that remain unanswered. Through this approach, research gaps and needs for interaction shall be revealed.

The seminar sessions will congregate stakeholders and start a community of practice. They also serve to prepare the next steps.

  • A two-day workshop

On the 6th and 7th of February 2020, the Paris IAS will bring together researchers and experts from France and abroad to collaborate in a workshop format. They will address concrete issues identified during the seminar sessions, combining their diverse experiences and perspectives to advance the field of assessing resilience.

This two-day workshop will guide the organization of the remaining seminar sessions and of the international conference in summer 2020.

  • Three follow-up sessions

25 March 2020, 21 April 2020, and 18 May 2020: additional seminar sessions

The topics of these sessions will be decided during the workshop in February. They could be either a second iteration of the three dimensions studied in the first semester (infrastructure management, social aspects, institutional and public governance dimensions), or center on original themes put forward by collective intelligence.

  • An international scientific conference

As a wrap-up to our seminar series, a major scientific conference will be held in June or July 2020 in one of the City of Paris’s historical great halls. This major event will also serve as the official launch of our multi-year, cross-sectoral and international research program "Resilience and Territorial Innovation".

The November, December and January seminar sessions will take place from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at the Hotel de Lauzun.

Registration and further information at margaux.dumonteil@paris-iea.fr

01 Jul 2020 12:15
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