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2018 International Conference on Building Resilience - an opportunity

Dear colleagues,
Thanks to an organization of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, and the leading Global Disaster Resilience Centre of the University of Huddersfield, the prestigious International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR), with the theme Risk and Resilience in practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages, will be held November 7-9, 2018, in the historical city of Lisbon, Portugal.
As with the previous editions of the ICBR series – most recently held in Bangkok, Thailand, in last November, with over 325 delegates – the 8th ICBR 2018' Lisbon conference will bring together the full diversity of the science community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to share state of the art research, and discuss how the science community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
We warmly invite you to submit an abstract to one of the 26 tracks available.  I call your attention, in particular, toTrack 3F - 'New Directions in Resilient Infrastructure: Critical, Decentralized, and Hybrid Systems Built to Serve People' that I am chairing with Isabel Kaubisch of Clarendon Hill Consulting.
Please find below and attached the Call for Papers.
You may submit your abstract until March 4 through the Easy Chair submission platform at  (Easychair you will require you to set up an account first)
1. Please note in the header of your abstract:
a) the track & subtheme of your preference,
b)  whether you are submitting for ORAL or POSTER presentation,
and do NOT put your details on the abstracts' body text field at the submision form nor on the PDF file to be submitted  (name, affiliation, email, etc)  as all abstracts will be subject to double-blinded peer review. 
2. Submitted abstracts should be limited to 400-500 words, covering the following aspects: Background context; Justification of the research / research argument; Goals; Methods/ approachFindings / results; Conclusions. 
After the abstract paragraphkeywords should be presented (up to 5).

March 4, 2018: Abstract submission close

Further details of the conference (Special features, Associate partners, fee reductions, and publication opportunities) are available at:
For any queries please contact the Organizing Committee:
We look forward to receiving your submission. Get on board!


8th International Conference on Building Resilience, November 7-9, 2018, Lisbon

Considering the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 we expect submissions to be aligned, in particular, with priority 3 “Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience”.

Track 3F
New Directions in Resilient Infrastructure: Critical, Decentralized, and Hybrid Systems Built to Serve People

Description of Track Scope
Infrastructure – how it is defined, valued, designed, and funded – is changing in an era of superstorms, extreme temperatures & precipitation, and shrinking national, regional, and municipal budgets.

Who infrastructure serves best – and who it leaves behind – and how it must be reconceived in a regime of a changing climate to serve more justly and equitably is a central consideration.

Main Questions
This session resides within the main track "Investing in disaster reduction for resilience". Our session aims to investigate the design and uses of traditional infrastructure e.g. transportation, water and sewer infrastructure while offering new insights into a more resilient approach which places people back in the focus. Our session will span in scale and context from the general to the specific. Our track will address - and submitted papers should respond to - the following concerns:

  1. Defining infrastructure
  2. Defining risk as it relates to infrastructure
  3. Defining resilience as it relates to infrastructure
    • For whom? To what? Who decides?
    • Resilience as a process/diagnostic vs. end goal
    • Must infrastructure itself be resilient, or does infrastructure contribute to resilience?
  4. How is infrastructure traditionally valued? How should it be valued in an era of shortages?
  5. Who does infrastructure serve?
  6. What does it do, what should it be doing, and for how long?
  7. Why is it needed in the first place?
  8. How can it be tailored to better serve marginalized, vulnerable populations, and displaced peoples in a regime of a changing climate?

According to the identified UNISDR’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction goals, the track seeks case study examples that explore the drive toward the decentralization and interconnection of infrastructure, and which address the Sendai Framework goals cross-disciplinarily. The focus will be on actionable strategies for funding, creating, and maintaining more responsive and resilient infrastructural systems.

Submitted papers are encouraged to address no more than three (3) of the following themes:

  • Traditional infrastructure
  • The Drive to Decentralization and Interconnection
  • Benefits and risks of decentralization and interconnection
  • Scaling down while scaling up
  • Decentralized green – stormwater management (green roofs, bioswales, etc.)
  • Aggregation for economies of scale: microgrids, neighborhood power, community solar programs, etc.
  • Housing as critical infrastructure
  • Hybrid & Green infrastructure

Abstract submissions close 4 March 2018, 12PM, GMT + 1,00 TIME. For more information and online submission, please visit

Track chairs information
Dave Hampton
Principal, re:ground LLC resiliency strategies
Co-chair, Boston Society of Architects Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE)

Isabel Kaubisch
Principal, Clarendon Hill Consulting LLC
Urban and Environmental Planning Firm focused on Hazard Mitigation Planning and Resilient Strategies

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