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Panel 5. Resilient Futures: Navigating Disasters, Empowering Women, and Shaping Sustainable Settlements


  • Prof. Dr. Melis Oğuz Çevik, Istanbul Beykent University, Türkiye.


In a world buffeted by turbulence and uncertainty, enhancing urban resilience has become a significant area of focus. A key challenge lies in the forward-looking nature of risks and vulnerability. Risk and vulnerability assessment needs to consider those factors and processes that may not have become evident in past disaster situations. As the world gets increasingly interconnected, the complex challenges of disaster response and resilient settlement design require a nuanced understanding of the interplay between politics, gender responsiveness, and geography. This proposed session for the RC21 Conference aims to examine these critical dimensions, fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from the Global North and the Global South. Disasters are no longer isolated events but are deeply entwined with global political dynamics and geographical disparities. The Global North and the Global South grapple with distinct vulnerabilities and resilience strategies shaped by historical legacies, economic inequalities, and socio-political contexts. Gender plays a pivotal role, as disaster impacts are not gender-neutral, and women often bear disproportionate burdens. Incontestably, disasters are felt globally; thus, it is imperative to transcend geographical and disciplinary boundaries. This session offers a unique platform for scholars and practitioners to collaborate, exchange ideas, and collectively work towards advancing our understanding of disaster, gender responsiveness, and resilient settlement design. This session aims to catalyze positive change and contribute to more equitable and sustainable futures by fostering dialogues between and within the Global North and the Global South. This session seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Presenting research and case studies from diverse regions, the participants of this session will explore the distinct disaster challenges faced by communities in the Global North and the Global South while identifying commonalities that can inform global policy.
  • The session will examine the role of gender in disaster risk reduction, response, and recovery efforts. How do cultural norms, power dynamics, and gender disparities influence the resilience of communities in the face of disasters?
  • Innovative approaches to designing settlements adaptable to the changing climate and socio-economic landscapes.
  • Will be investigated by exploring the link between urban planning, architecture, and disaster resilience.
  • This session aims to bridge the gap between academic research and on-the-ground action by engaging policymakers and practitioners and fostering discussions on effective policy measures to promote resilient settlements and equitable disaster responses.

Contributions that shed light on the intersections of politics, gender, and geography in disaster research are invited to this session. Submissions may include empirical studies, comparative analyses, policy evaluations, and practical case studies. Interdisciplinary approaches from geography, sociology, environmental studies, urban planning, and gender studies will be preferred.

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