Chair Risk and Resilience of Complex Systems | LGI | CentraleSupélec
Resilience to climate risks: From a limited urban engineering vision to a more global comprehensive and long-term implementation
Dr. Charlotte Heinzlef
Assistant professor in climate risks and resilience strategies
CEARC, University of Paris Saclay, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Dr. Damien Serre
Scientific Director and Professor of Geography
Mayane, CEARC, University of Paris Saclay, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Time: Thursday June 08, 2023, 10h00 – 12h00 CET
Online: Click here to join the seminar in Microsoft Teams
This presentation will develop a global retrospective view on how research on the concept of resilience to climate risks began with a primary focus on critical infrastructure resilience networks. These infrastructures are always identified by experts as an aggravating factor leading to territorial systems disruptions. The focus on critical infrastructure resilience networks served as an important first step to improve knowledge on mechanism failures and their impacts on communities. However, this first step was insufficient in providing more resilient systems and territories to climate risks. Today, other approaches are useful for implementing strategies of resilience to answer city managers’ needs, such as organizational strategies, including participative tools. Long-term resilience is addressed within this research for territorial resilience monitoring and planning. This presentation is primarily based and illustrated on the research, projects and scientific advances conducted by the authors.
Charlotte Heinzlef is a Professor Assistant in Climate Risk and Resilience Strategies at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin since 2021. In 2019, she completed her PhD thesis "Modeling indicators of urban resilience to flood risk. Co-construction of a spatial decision support system to contribute to the operationalization of the concept of resilience" in co-supervision between Avignon University (France) and the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of Mons (Belgium). After defending her PhD, she did a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of French 
Polynesia. She participated in the development of an observatory of resilience in the Pacific Islands. Her research focuses on the resilience of vulnerable territories (urban, insular, coastal, etc.) to risks in a context of climate change.
Damien Serre is Prof., Scientific Director at Mayane. He is leading R&D projects in the area of resilience to risks and climate change with a special focus on resilience assessment, critical infrastructure management, spatial decision support systems to optimize resilience of different types of hazard with a strong expertise on floods. He chaired or co-chaired many international tracks or session in his area of expertise e.g. the SRA (Society for Risk Analysis in Washington in 2019 and in Tampa in 2022, the EGU General Assembly in Vienna in 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018 as well as FLOODRISK 
International Conference in Lyon in 2016 (Disaster risk and recovery session). He was editor of the Journal of Water and Climate Change (IWA) 2013-2021, is editor of the journal Urban Risk Studies (ISTE) and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Flood Risk Management (Wiley) and associate editor of Acta Geophysica.
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