Resilience Management - Multidisciplinary Perspectives to Build Reliable Sustainability

GRACE Lecture | May 5 - July 21, 2023


Motivation and Background

The term resilience is used in a variety of contexts, usually considered within the boundaries of the system under consideration. Resilience thinking seeks to raise awareness of the relationships between physical resilience and issues of urban well-being, as well as the interdependencies between local-systemic resilience and global sustainability.

Resilience is thus considered an integral part of sustainable development and a crucial underlying principle for the joint functioning of interconnected systems. Due to the increasing interfaces and possibilities of information exchange between different areas, changes can have cross-system effects on the one hand, and must therefore also be thought about and anticipated across systems. On the other hand, the relationships can also be dynamised through networking and make synergies more usable.

In classical approaches, resilience is dealt with within individual system boundaries. However, in order to achieve a comprehensive impact, resilience and system transformations must therefore be considered together if sustainable developments are to prevail in the long term.


Participants learn about the concept of resilience from different professional and scientific perspectives, including various practical cases, and apply resilience thinking related to sustainable spatial development, e.g. to the resilience of urban economic structures or infrastructure systems in the face of disruption.

The first part of the lecture deals with the theoretical and mathematical-conceptual foundations of resilience and resilient development. The second part of the lecture deals with socio-economic aspects of resilience and management principles at different scales. Different regulatory norms and operational tools are presented and exemplified during the course.

The third part of the lecture consists of the presentation of various challenges and case studies of resilient development, which are described using examples from different contexts and disciplines, e.g. from the Karlsruhe region or North Africa.

Lecturer and Guests

Dr. rer. pol. Ado Ampofo is an environmental scientist, mathematician and economist with experience in different fields such as international development, the energy market and healthcare. He accompanies several projects with regard to sustainable, resilient development in different domains with a focus on international cooperation.

Guest Lecturers:


Hoda Attia Minister’s Assistant for Maritime Transport at Ministry of Transport and Undersecretary & Head of the Central Department of Container Terminals in Alexandria Port Authority
Dr. Shimaa Mahmoud Ali Associate Professor of Architecture: Urban Planning & Development
Faculty of Engineering, Suez Canal University
Head of Department of Architectural Engineering, Horus University


Dr. Najem Daher Lecturer and Head of the Urban Planning Department: The National School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Carthage
Dr. Leila Ayoub Assistant professor and coordinator: ISTEUB, University of Carthage
Dr. Abdelhamid Haggi Assistant professor: ISTEUB, University of Carthage
Dr. Rakia Shabou
Assistant professor: ISTEUB, University of Carthage
Dr. Samir Jomaa Assistant professor: Ensta-B, University of Carthage


Lenz Sulzer, M.Sc. Regional Developer
TRK - Technologie-Region-Karlsruhe
Neele Eicker, M.A. Participative Community Networks
HafenCity University Hamburg

The lecture series includes two initial presence sessions, covering the theoretical foundations, terminology and introducing mathematical principles to describe and represent different systems, events and properties of resilience. The following sessions will be held online on a weekly basis, covering different subjects seen through the lens of resilience management.

Each lecture is accompanied by a short practitioners’ input and case presentation to discuss after the main lecture. On this basis, working groups are requested to develop short collections of writings related to specific subjects that will be presented to the audience in the final session in presence.

Book Contribution

All participants and presenters have the opportunity to contribute to the book "Future Cities" edited by Dr. Ado Ampofo and published by Springer in 2023.

Further Information

Dates and Location:
The course will be partly in presence and partly online. Participants from abroad may attend the couse fully online.

Fri, May 5
1.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Building 20.52, Engesserstr. 6, 2. floor (GRACE)  
Mon, May 8
1.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Building 20.52, Engesserstr. 6, 2. floor (GRACE)  
Mon, May 15
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Mon, May 22
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Mon, June 5
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Mon, June 19
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Mon, June 26
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Mon, July 3
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Thu, July 20
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Building 11.40, R.231, Englerstr. 11 Presentations
Fri, July 21
1.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Building 20.40, R.048 (SKY lecture hall), Englerstr. 7 Presentations

Workload: 30 h lectures + 30 h self-study

Credits: 2 + X extra credits in case of contribution to the book project

Prerequisite for receiving credits is the regular attendance of the lecture and the successful submission of a joint task in the form of a short report.

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