Managed Retreat 2023

Building on the success of the 2019 and 2021 conferences on Managed Retreat, the Columbia Climate School is pleased to announce that the next conference, At What Point Managed Retreat?: Habitability and Mobility in an Era of Climate Change, will be held from June 20-23, 2023, at Columbia University.

Registration for the conference is now open. In-person and virtual attendance options are available. 

Agenda details will be posted in late April. A partial list of accepted sessions is available here.

Conference fees:

  • In-person general admission: $350
  • In-person government, non-profit, and Columbia affiliates: $125
  • In-person students and postdocs: $75
  • Virtual-only: $100

Financial assistance may be available to cover registration fees. Please contact Adrienne Kenyon for further information.

Click here for information about travel and accommodations. For those making travel plans, please note that there will be no programming the morning of Tuesday, June 20, and sessions will end by mid-afternoon on Friday, June 23. 

The topics of this year’s conference reflect most of the same themes, including a strong emphasis on equity concerns, as in past years, with the addition of some new topics specifically related to this year’s theme:

  • Built environment (design and architecture; land use planning; infrastructure; urban planning)
  • Buyouts and property acquisition
  • Climate and social science for managed retreat (vulnerability; risk; opportunity)
  • Communication strategies (storytelling; teaching about managed retreat; arts)
  • Community resilience (community organizing; vulnerable populations; social psychology; mental health; crowding out; residents’ perspectives)
  • Ecosystem conservation and migration
  • Environmental justice and equity
  • Finance and economics(market signals; real estate; insurance; capital markets)
  • Governance, policy and planning (decision-making; international frameworks; federal management; state programs; local planning; multi-level policy coordination)
  • Habitability (defining habitability; degrees of habitability; habitability for what and for whom?)
  • Infrastructure Interdependencies
  • Legal issues and tools (property rights; zoning & land use; immigration)
  • Migration as adaptation/maladaptation (assisted relocation; voluntary movement) 
  • Receiving areas (growth management and sustainable regional development)
  • Sending areas (impacts on those left behind, involuntary immobility / trapped populations)
  • Migrants and displaced persons (costs and benefits)
  • Non-coastal changes in habitability and mobility (flood and riverine areas; drought and dryland expansion; temperature extremes; wildfire in the urban-wildland interface)
  • Private sector perspectives (economic development strategies; corporate relocations; labor market dynamics) 
  • Receiving community considerations