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05: Resilience and development policy

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This seminar examines how resilience relates to development policy. The concept of resilience offers explanations for the failure to actually deliver development in many contexts around the world; it shifts the focus towards impact and requires engagement with the concrete realities on the ground.

Special emphasis will be given to fragile and conflict-affected states. New trends in international crisis and conflict management will be examined, and the rise and fall of human security will be interrogated.

Against the backdrop of momentous changes in geostrategic relations and global governance, the seminar will reflect on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, the need for infrastructure, and the special challenges and opportunities of the African continent.


Senior Researcher; Head of Vienna Bureau, ASPR - Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Vienna; Researcher, PSRP - Political Settlements Research Programme, University of Edinburgh Chair
Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bonn Chair
Deputy Director, Austrian Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna Chair

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening speechPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Imminent climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to the humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship - Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar
Seminar 23: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 24: European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer SchoolSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: A guest lecture on investigative journalismPlenary


19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial