UK/Ireland Planning Research Conference 12-14 September 2011

University of Birmingham, Birmingham Business School
Monday 12 September 2011 (09:00-17:00)

Contact for administration and initial enquiries: Yvonne Harley,, +44 (0) 121 414 4956
Contact for enquiries of an academic nature: Lauren Andres,, and Peter Larkham,


Planning resilient communities in challenging times.
Hosted by the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University

Call for Abstracts and Sessions

The challenging times we face expose communities to a range of risks, hazards and perceived threats which have direct implications for planning: climate change and associated environmental issues; financial constraints, access to credit and economic uncertainty; political and security disorders; the effects of social polarisation and migration upon community cohesion; and challenges to existing patterns of governance and leadership styles. But what is the role and remit of planning in these
challenging times when places and communities will need to be increasingly resilient? Here resilience is increasingly being focused not upon state institutions but upon citizen and community responses. But do communities have the skills to make effective decisions affecting their resilience and will all voices be heard equally? Moreover, how is planning reconciling the challenge of finding solutions and spatial strategies that will deliver ‘more for less’ whilst balancing future needs and resources?

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