The 2012 Annual Ph.D. Symposium:
Urban Resilience

presented by the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charles Redman

Panel Discussions
Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Petersen Room, Allen Library, Room 485

During this year’s PhD Annual Symposium, we will be exploring “urban resilience” from multiple perspectives.  We will explore the diverse dimensions of resilience in urbanizing regions and the implications for urban scholarship and practice.  The symposium will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Chuck Redman, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, Distinguished Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability, and Founding Director of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University ( 

Dr. Redman’s talk will be followed by a UW faculty panel and discussion addressing different aspects of urban resilience, including social ecological, political/cultural, urban ecological, and infrastructure resilience.  The goal of this discussion is to identify cross-cutting elements and divergences around resilience and their implications for scholarship and practice in urban & regional planning. Faculty panelists will lead a break out session where participants brainstorm characteristics of a resilient city. The symposium will conclude with a plenary discussion and synthesis lead by Chuck Redman.

UW Faculty Panel: Urban Resilience

Social-Ecological Resilience
Robert Mugerauer,
Professor, Urban Design & Planning

Director, PhD Program in the Built Environment

Political-Cultural Resilience
Dan Abramson
Associate Professor, Urban Design & Planning

Urban Ecological Resilience
Marina Alberti
Professor, Urban Design & Planning
Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Design & Planning

Infrastructure Resilience
Bob Freitag
Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research



10:00 - 10:05 am    Introductions
10:05 - 10:50 am   Keynote Speech: Chuck Redman
10:50 - 11:10 am   Questions and Discussion
11:10 - 12:15 pm    UW Faculty Panel
12:15 - 12:30 pm    Discussion
12:30 - 1:30 pm    Lunch
1:30 - 1:40 pm    Intro to Break out session
1:40 - 2:40 pm    Break out session: Mapping exercise
2:40 - 3:00 pm   Break out session reports
3:00 - 3:50 pm   Plenary Discussion
3:50 - 4:00 pm    Synthesis