The RE-CITY consortium is glad to announce the International Conference on the 17-18 March 2022:

Shrinking Cities Revived!

Innovative paths and perspectives towards liveability for shrinking cities

To provide a perspective for the resilient and sustainably sound development of shrinking cities 17 partners from three continents and ten countries have worked together in the RE-CITY ITN for four years to:

  • combine shrinking cities research across multiple disciplines
  • analyse case studies and paths of actions in shrinking cities
  • develop methods, training skills and applications for RE-CITY
  • provide training for a new generation of planners

The conference features cutting edge results of shrinking cities research with presentations by project partners and contributions invited and selected through a call for abstracts. The conference also offers a platform for debate with a panel discussion with top-class panellists from national and international policy networks. For more information please take a look at the preliminary programme below.

This conference is sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the University Priority Area Region and City.


RE-City ITN Final Conference 17-18 March 2022

Venue: TU  Kaiserslautern, building 42 (Audimax and adjacent rooms)

Please take a look at the Programme and a short description of the Panel discussion.


8:30 – 9:00Registration
9:00 – 9:10Welcome from Werner R. Thiel, University Vice-President for Research and Technology, TU Kaiserslautern
9:10 – 9:20Welcome from Sascha Henninger, Dean, Faculty of Spatial and Environmental Planning, TU Kaiserslautern
9:20 – 10:00

Welcome and Introduction to the RE-CITY ITN

Karina Pallagst, TU Kaiserslautern

10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30

Parallel Sessions

  • Track 1 – Conceptualising and governing Shrinking Cities
  • Track 2 – Greening and Rightsizing Shrinking Cities
  • Track 3 – Regrowing and postgrowing Shrinking Cities
12:30 – 14:30Lunch
14:30 – 15:30

Panel Discussion: Shrinking cities – emerging from crises on the way to resilience?

Mart Grisel, EUKN
Chiara Lucchini, Urban Lab Torino
Horacio Terraza, World Bank
Oliver Weigel, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Moderator: Helen Mulligan, Cambridge Architectual Research Ltd., United Kingdom

15:30 – 15:45Coffee Break
16:00 – 18:00

Parallel Sessions

  • Track 4 – Social factors of reviving Shrinking Cities
  • Track 5 – Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Shrinking Cities
  • Track 6 – Frontiers of Shrinking Cities research
19:00Reception and Dinner at Fruchthalle/City Hall Kaiserslautern
9:00 – 9:45Key note speech: Chung-Tong Wu, Prof. emeritus University of Western Sydney ‘Shrinking cities at the crossroads – reflections from
an international perspective’ (working title)
9:45 – 10:00Coffee Break
10:00 – 12:00Parallel Sessions
  • Track 1 – Conceptualising and governing Shrinking Cities
  • Track 2 – Greening and Rightsizing Shrinking Cities
  • Track 3 – Regrowing and postgrowing Shrinking Cities
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:30Parallel Sessions
  • Track 4 – Social factors of reviving Shrinking Cities
  • Track 5 – Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Shrinking Cities
  • Track 6 – Frontiers of Shrinking Cities research
15:30 – 16:30Fishbowl Discussion: “Shrinking Cities Revived! – Lessons learned and future perspectives”, facilitated by the RE-CITY Early Stage
16:30 – 16:45Closing Thoughts, Thorsten Wiechmann, TU Dortmund, Germany


Registration is free of charge.

Please register until February 15, 2022 : Registration

Abstract submission is open!

You are welcome to contribute to the RE-CITY Final Conference by submitting, until January 15, 2022, an abstract for the tracks 1-6  to the Coordination Team to be considered for an oral presentation. You will be notified about your abstract's acceptance via e-mail in February 2022.

Please choose for your abstract submission one of the following tracks.

Investigation of concepts and paths for revitalizing shrinking cities, in particular, path dependencies, disruptive events, uncertainties and overlapping between shrinkage and growth beyond investigating merely the causes of shrinkage. Analysing policy responses and planning strategies in governing shrinking cities, the way processes, planning strategies and policies are steered, and which stakeholders/change agents are involved.

Highlighting  greening and right sizing approached as a catalyst for new ideas and innovative methods in dealing with shrinking cities employing a paradigm shift from growth-centred planning to shrinking sustainably. While green infrastructure has become a staple in many revitalising efforts, there is still a need to move beyond urban gardening schemes towards more ground-breaking paths capitalizing on bio-economic, energy efficient and productive uses.

Focusing on the strategies of shrinking cities, which were derived in order to turn around decline and induce new, more robust and place based development. Shrinkage is not predestined to remain the fate for cities, but can be a starting point for new and innovative economies and land uses. Aspects of relevance are responses through creative experimentation and innovation in the practices of spatial planning and city management and highlighting options for a positive turn-around of a city’s development path.

Setting a path for understanding the possible impact of social infrastructure improvements, on- and offline social networks and groups with particular requirements like migrants or elderly people in shrinking cities in terms of economy, housing and social life. Investigating the role of flexible services, co-production and public investments in driving growth and decline.

Which observations can be made in terms of urban development in (former) shrinking cities following the COVID-19 pandemic in different countries/cultural settings? Have pre-existing urban trajectories changed, accelerated or stabilised?

New developments affecting shrinking cities in the light of e.g. changed globalisation patterns, travel restrictions or protection and adaptation to climate change.

Before submitting your abstract, we kindly ask you to read the relevant information below.


Abstracts must be submitted via e-mail to re-city(at) Abstracts cannot be submitted by fax or hard copy. Please use this template.

All presenting authors are allowed one submission for an oral presentation.

Before submitting, please check carefully that your abstract is in accordance with the guidelines as no further changes are allowed after submission - unless done upon the request of the Coordination Team. If the format requirements are not followed, your abstract will be automatically rejected.

Confirmation of a successful submission
When your abstract is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail.

By submitting an abstract to the RE-CITY Final Conference, the author(s) transfer copyright ownership so it can be published in the congress proceedings.

Format - layout
The abstract can be between 500-600 words (excluding the title, author(s) data and references), maximum 6 keywords and 8 references. The structure of the abstract is flexible, but should contain information on the aim of the work, methods, results and conclusions. Do not use subheadings (methods, results, etc.). Tables, graphs and figures are NOT allowed. Do not use subheadings in bold. No advertisements.

Abstracts must be written in English. It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author, if the abstract is accepted.


Firstly, please note that abstracts are not edited after approval. Therefore, please proofread your abstract carefully before submission, since it will be published exactly as submitted.

Also, once the abstract has been reviewed, changes to the abstract cannot be accepted. If an error is later identified, you are free to withdraw your abstract if you wish. Please include all co-authors of your abstract.

If you have any questions, please contact the Coordination Team via re-city(at)

Hotel accomodation

This information is coming soon...

Conference Format

The conference will take place on site at TUK; select formats will be accessible online via livestream.

Due to current hygiene regulations during the pandemic, only people who are recovered, vaccinated, or can provide a current test certificate are allowed on campus.

Please note, this information might change in line with the COVID-19 regulations.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813803

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