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Call for abstracts – “Dangerous Landscapes. Environmental Risk in Low-income Communities”

By on February 25, 2017

25 february, 2017

The Informal Urbanism Hub is sending out a call for abstracts directed towards PhD students or early Post Docs of all disciplines. The deadline for the call is March 31, 2017. Applicants can win one of 30 travel grants.


Herrenhausen Conference “Dangerous Landscapes – Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities”
November 27-29, 2017
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

The conference is concerned with innovative inter- and transdisciplinary approaches towards environmental risk reduction in communities of very limited economic capacities.

“Dangerous Landscapes” is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation. The steering committee is chaired by Christian Werthmann (Institute for Landscape Architecture) and consists of Ulrike Grote (Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade) and Jörg Dietrich (Institute for Water Resources Management) as members of the TRUST Research Initiative (Transdisciplinary Rural Development Studies) at the Leibniz University of Hannover, and Miho Mazereeuw (Director of Urban Risk Lab at MIT) and Claudio Acioly (Head of Capacity Building at UN-Habitat) as international partners. The conference establishes a further link to a series of conferences initiated by the Informal Urbanism Hub as part of the UN-Habitat University Initiative (UNI).



Cluster 1: Towards a Deeper Understanding of Risk
Cluster 2: Community-based Knowledge and Coping Strategies
Cluster 3: Landscape-based Disaster Risk Management
Cluster 4: Weaving and Wiring



Travel Grants

Young PhD researches and early Post-Docs (max. 5 years since PhD) can apply for one of 30 travel grants to take part in the conference. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover.


For more detailed information and to apply/register see:

Dangerous Landscapes – Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities: VolkswagenStiftung