Wednesday, June 21, 2023

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Concurrent Sessions

  • Krystal Laymon, Climate Team | FEMA Resilience (session chair)
  • Panelists TBA

Climate Resettlement and Livelihood Transformation in Rwanda: The Case of Rweru Model Green Village

  • Lisa Dale, Columbia University (lead presenter)
  • Jola Ajibade, Associate Professor of Geography, Portland State University

Evidence of Erosive Effects of Household Shocks on Livelihoods and Migration in East Africa

  • Julia Blocher, Project Lead, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (presenting)
  • Roman Hoffmann, Research Scholar, The international Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Helga Weisz, FutureLab Leader/ Professor, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)/ Humboldt University in Berlin

Weather shocks, crop price and migration in West Africa: Insights from high-frequency largescale surveys

  • Fabien Cottier, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University (presenting)
  • Alex de Sherbinin, Deputy Director CIESIN and Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University
  • Richard Seager, Lamont Research Professor, Columbia University
  • Elizabeth Leong, Graduate student QMSS, Columbia University
  • Elizabeth Nguyen, MA candidate, Climate & Society, Columbia University

Humanitarian Urbanism: How Multiple Risks of Climate Change and Land Degradation Overburden Cities in the Edge of Sahara

  • Aliyu Barau, Professor, Bayero University Kano

A Field Perspective on Urban Climate Migration Governance

  • Susan Ekoh, Researcher, German Institute of Development & Sustainability

Understanding climate migration receiving communities through a migration systems framework

  • Kathryn McConnell, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University Population Studies and Training Center (presenting)
  • Elizabeth Fussell, Professor of Population Studies and Environment and Society, Brown University Population Studies and Training Center

Climate-Induced Human Migration in the Great Lakes Region

  • Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Associate Director of New York Sea Grant and Assistant Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension (presenting)
  • Andrea Harder, University at Buffalo

Receiving: Addressing Climate Gentrification in Real Estate

  • Lian Plass, Senior Manager, Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute

Policy and Governance Solutions for Receiving Communities

  • Ira Feldman, Founder & Board Chair, Adaptation Leader

The Northeast as Climate Refuge? Migration Histories and Future Prospects

  • Linda Shi, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

The challenges for Managed Retreats in South Asia Evidence from Sundarbans and Kuttanad

  • Ajmalkhan Areethala, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Racial Disparities in U.S. Climate Migration

  • Gabriela Nagle Alverio, Duke University (presenting)
  • Dr. David Leblang, Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

Guardians of the Gulf: a coastal and human resiliency-focused STEAM program for underserved youth

  • Sarah Grasty, Project Manager, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science/Guardians of the Gulf (presenting)
  • Kristen Kusek, Director of Strategic Communications, USF College of Marine Science/Guardians of the Gulf

Projecting Health Impacts of Changing PM2.5 Emission Profiles Due to Climate Migration

  • Chris Whitehead, Lead, air compliance practice, ESI

Environmental Justice is Racial Justice

  • Aviva Rahmani, Ghostnets
  • Charlene Stevens, Arcade Project

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions

Environmental shocks and migration among climate-vulnerable populations in Bangladesh

  • Jan Freihardt, PhD Candidate, ETH Zurich

Translocal social resilience dimensions of migration as adaptation to environmental change

  • Harald Sterly, Senior Scientist, University of Vienna (presenting)
  • Patrick Sakdapolrak, University of Vienna
  • Marion Borderon, University of Vienna

Climate Change, Migration and Adaption in Oceania

  • Juliette Budge, Resilience Researcher, Climate Resilience Collaborative, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Planning for Climate Mobility: From Informed Decisions to Collective Action

  • Sarah Rosengaertner, Global Knowledge & Practice Lead, Global Centre for Climate Mobility (GCCM)

Trapped by climate change? Linking migration aspirations to actual moves among a climate-vulnerable population in Bangladesh

  • Jan Freihardt, PhD Candidate, ETH Zurich

What is moved in a retreat and who moves these activities? What planners need to know

  • Karen O'Neill, Associate Professor in Human Ecology, Rutgers University (presenting)
  • Heather Fenyk, President, Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership

Institutional transition in managed retreat: Moving from a local, rights-based approach toward a centralized, process-centric approach

  • Ju-Ching Huang, Maryland Sea Grant Legal and Policy Fellow & SJD Candidate, Georgetown Law Center

Armor or Withdraw? Likely Litigation and Potential Adjudication of Shoreland Conflicts Along Michigan’s Shifting Great Lakes Coasts

  • Richard Norton, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan (presenting)
  • Guy A. Meadows, Professor, Marine Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • Oday Salim, Director, Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic, University of Michigan School of Law
  • Matthew Piggins, University of Michigan
  • Philip Washburn, University of Michigan
  • Lauren Ashley Week, J.D. and M.U.R.P. Candidate, University of Michigan

Take Out the Trash When You Leave: Cleaning Up Properties Abandoned to Rising Seas

  • Thomas Ruppert, Legal Specialist & Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant

Managed Retreat through the Regional Transfer of Development Rights: A Theoretical Case Study of North Carolina

  • Kirsten Kinzer, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Session chairs: Kelsea Best, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland; Qian He, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland Civil and Environmental Engineering; Deb Niemeier, Clark Distinguished Chair Professor, Director of Center for Disaster Resilience, University of Maryland; Allison Reilly, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Civil and Environmental Engineering

Climate change and housing justice: implications for equitable adaptation

  • Kelsea Best, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland

Using Travel-time to Essential Services to Identify Vulnerable and Fragile Communities

  • Utkuhan Genc, Purdue University

Robustness of Flood Protection Project Evaluation to Alternative Benefit Metrics

  • David Johnson, Purdue University

How do Presidential Declared Disasters and Federal Aid Programs affect Renter Eviction Risks? Longitudinal Evidence from the United States

  • Qian He, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland Civil and Environmental Engineering

Infrastructure reliability and the burden of sea-level rise: Do current planning metrics capture the correct risk?

  • Allison Reilly, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Civil and Environmental Engineering

Variations in equity prioritization when designing flood-resilient, urban housing policy for climate adaptation governance

  • Melissa Tier, PhD candidate, Princeton University (presenting)
  • Elke Weber, Professor of Psychology & Public Affairs, Princeton University

Governing Transformation: Identifying and Combating Power in Managed Retreat

  • Tyler Cooper-Kolb, Master’s student, Oregon State University

Closing the Gap Between Adaptation Justice in Theory and Practice: Practical Dilemmas from Managed Retreat

  • A.R. Siders, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

White Communities in Retreat: Climate Change, Privilege, and Adaptation in US Cities

  • Kevin Loughran, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Temple University (presenting)
  • James R. Elliott, Rice University
  • Jay Wang, Rice University

Green infrastructure solutions to support flood mitigation and adaptation in coastal low-lying disadvantaged communities

  • Narcisa Pricope, Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington (presenting)
  • Leah Mayo, Interim Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Health Equity, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Joanne Halls, Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Crystal Dixon, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Health and Exercise Science and Racial Equity Consultant, Wake Forest University

Visualizing Relocation on a Spatial Spectrum: A Tool for Organizing Refuge alongside Community

  • Laura Durgerian, Senior Associate Landscape Architect & Urban Designer, Mithun

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Lunch & Session 6: Climatopia: Envisioning radical designs for the climate crisis

  • Alizé Carrère, PhD Candidate, University of Miami, filmmaker, and National Geographic Explorer

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions

Means-Testing Buyouts in Climate Retreat

  • Stephanie Stern, Professor, University of Arizona

Racial Dynamics of Federal Property Buyouts in Flood-Prone Areas

  • Kay Jowers, Director, Duke University & Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (presenting)
  • Lala Ma, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky Department of Economics
  • Christopher D. Timmins, Professor, Duke University Department of Economics

Resilience through property buyouts: Are buyouts effective in reducing a community’s vulnerability to floods?

  • Waqas Ahmed Raza, PhD Student, School of Urban Planning, McGill University (presenting)
  • Lisa Bornstein, Associate Professor, McGill University

Living with the Land Left Behind: Sending Communities and Acquired Coastal Properties

  • Annika Tomson, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow, Coastal States Organization

Louisiana Buyouts and Resettlement Programs

  • Pat Forbes, Executive Director, Louisiana Office of Community Development (presenting)
  • Sandra Gunner, Manager, Louisiana Office of Community Development

Session Chairs: Haley Blakeman, FASLA, PLA, Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, LSU; Anne Junod, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute


  • Traci Birch, LSU 
  • Haley Blakeman, LSU
  • Anne Junod, Urban Institute 
  • Dan Teles, Urban Institute
  • Breno Braga, Urban Institute 

Session Chairs: Hannah Friedrich, Ph.D. Student, School of Geography, Development, and Environment, University of Arizona; Alex Saunders, Ph.D. Student, School of Geography, Development, and Environment, University of Arizona; Emmalina Glinskis, Master’s Student, University of California Berkeley, City and Regional Planning


  • Jacob Bradt, Harvard University
  • Ian Gray, UCLA/Centre Alexandre Koyré at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale (EHESS)
  • Clay Kerchof, California Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Rachel M. Young, Princeton University 

Community Responses to Managed Retreat: Exploring Trade-offs through an Adaptation Alternatives Assessment in Hull, Massachusetts

  • Bella Purdy, Climate Resilience Planner, Weston & Sampson
  • Joanna Nadeau, Senior Resilience Planner, Weston & Sampson
  • Chris Krahforst, Direct of Climate Adaptation, Town of Hull

Reimagining Water-Dependent Educational and Recreational Institutions in Coastal Areas

  • Diane Mas, Chief Resilience & Sustainability Officer, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. (presenting)
  • Chris Gasiorek, Sr. Vice President of Operations and Watercraft, Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Katherine Kahl, Extension Assistant Professor, Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience, Gloucester Marine Station, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Sara Morrison, Business Line Manager – Climate Resilience, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Managed Retreat along the Coast of Massachusetts

  • Kristin Uiterwyk, Director, Urban Harbors Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston

Weighing risk to coastal living: Climate change threats, COVID-19 outbreak, and the housing crisis in Northeastern US

  • Kanako Iuchi, Associate Professor, Tohoku University (presenting)
  • Donovan Finn, Assistant Professor, Stonybrook University
  • John Mutter, Professor, Columbia University

Retreat in Real Time – Nantucket’s Balancing Act Along a Changing Coast

  • Devon McKaye, Resilience Planner, Arcadis (presenting)
  • Vince Murphy, Town of Nantucket, Sustainability Programs Manager

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions

Session Chair: Linda Shi, Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

Remembering after Relocation: The role of commemoration in buyouts

  • Elyse Zavar, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, University of North Texas

Reconciliation or Restoration? The Ecological Futures of Floodplain Buyout Sites

  • Jamie Vanucchi, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cornell University

Survey of Federal, State, Local, and Community-Led Approaches to Flooding at Brownfields, Superfund Sites, and Other Contaminated Sites Left Behind

  • Emma Zehner, Master of Environmental Management Candidate, Yale School of the Environment

Creating Flood-Resilient Landscapes in New Jersey Communities

  • Brooke Maslo, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

[Title TBC]

  • Shanasia Sylman, Ph.D. Student, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

Session chairs: Rachel Harrington-Abrams, Ph.D. Student, King’s College London; Erica Bower, PhD Student, Stanford University

  • Ka'aina Hull, Planning Director for the County of Kaua'i (session chair)
  • Charles “Chip” Fletcher, the Interim Dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawai'i
  • Additional speakers TBA

Session Chair: Camille Manning-Broome, President & CEO, Center for Planning Excellence