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.

The call for session and abstract proposals is now open. We are inviting session proposals for a range of programming including panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, and traditional academic paper sessions. We are also accepting abstracts for paper and poster presentations. You may submit multiple proposals, and we welcome in-person, hybrid, and/or virtual options. 

Submit your session proposal here
Deadline extended to 12 December 2022 

Submit your abstract proposal here
Deadline: 20 January 2023

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