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LIRLAP - Fieldwork in Metro Manila, Phillipines

© Hannes Lauer

Project members from the University of the Philippines, TU Dortmund, University of Stuttgart and the engineering company KaiserIngenieure gathered in Metro Manila for field activities. The team visited 16 settlements in the National Capital Region and surrounding provinces– among them 10 resettlement sites and 6 informal settlements. Part of these visits were group discussions with the Homeowner Associations, the local majors or settlement leaders, urban poor groups and NGOs as well as transect walks through the settlements.


In the meantime, the large-scale household survey has started and will be conducted in the 10 resettlement sites. A team of 12 professional enumerators began with the survey in Mahangghan Residences, a so-called People’s Plans resettlement site. The survey investigates differences between resettlement approaches and is intended to provide data for the development of a resilient retreat index. This index should be able to monitor resettlement activities and allow estimations on how resettlement contributed to or interrupted the process of resilience building. The focus is on different resilience dimensions. Namely, resilient settlements, the exposure and architecture component. Resilient livelihoods, focussing on livelihood capitals. And resilient processes, investigating governance and participation options.

© Hannes Lauer
© Hannes Lauer
© Hannes Lauer

Screenshot of participants of a workshop video conference © LIRLAP​/​TU Dortmund
Screenshot of participants of a workshop video conference

Virtual Stakeholder Workshops with Thailand and Vietnam Partner

On July 16th and 22nd, 2021 the project conducted its first two online stakeholder workshops respectively with Thailand and Vietnam partner. The aim was to introduce the project and discuss future joint work steps in the two new partner countries and to tackle the following topics with the multi-stakeholders:

  • How are disaster risk, climate change adaptation and urban planning interlinked in Thailand and Vietnam respectively? 
  • How is informality and are informal settlements defined?
  • Where are hotspots of informal settlements or poor urban groups?
  • Where and what are hotspots and gaps for upgrading?
  • Where and what hotspots and gaps for retreat (resettlement and relocation)

The 30 to 50 representatives of planning authorities, ministries and NGOs from Thailand and Vietnam discussed in detail the above issues with the project partners of Urban Futures and Policy Research Unit (UFP) at the Thammasat University, Bangkok; and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA); as well as the LIRLAP partners of the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), University of the Philippines Diliman; the Institute for Spatial Planning and Development Planning of the University of Stuttgart (IREUS); and the Unit on Human- Environment-Relations of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (LMU). The topics of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, land use planning  and mainstreaming resilient upgrading and retreat have been extensively covered during both workshops, particularly in terms of informal settlements and the urban poor. Additionally, the dual PhD program gained resonance among multi-stakeholders regarding capacity building. Based on both workshop input, a way-forward on networking and concrete work steps and mechanism are expected to be further built up.

March 2021:
LIRLAP conducted its internal kick-off Work­shop in the R&D phase together with the new partners in Thailand (Urban Futures & Policy Research Unit (UFP) of Thammasat Uni­ver­sity) and Vietnam (Faculty of Land Management at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA)) online on March 9th 2021. 
Aim of the workshop was to familiarize all partners with the goals and content of LIRLAPs working packages for the R&D phase, to establish well-working modes of collaboration and to plan further activities. For July 2021 online kick-off workshops with local stakeholders are scheduled in Thailand and Vietnam.

LIRLAP R&D phase internal kick-off workshop with partners of the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand on March 9th, 2021 © LIRLAP​/​TU Dortmund
LIRLAP R&D phase internal kick-off workshop with partners of the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand on March 9th, 2021

January 2021. IRPUD:
Funding of the R&D phase of the LIRLAP project - Linking Risk Governance and Spatial Planning: The Case of Informal Settlements in Endangered Areas in the Philippines has been confirmed. 

The project funded by the BMBF as part of the Sustainable Urban Regions program can now enter the R&D phase, which will run from March 2021 to February 2025. 

In this phase LIRLAP will contribute to the following discussions:

  • Minimizing the disaster risk through spatial planning, especially in informal settlements, as these are usually the most affected and can benefit the least from formal risk-reducing planning mechanisms. 
  • Strengthening the resilience of informal settlements while reducing the social vulnerability of settlers. 
  • Support for mainstreaming in order to promote the implementation of the measures and to translate the scientific findings into capacity building (joint doctoral program and training courses), policy advice and knowledge transfer. 

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The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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