Urban human-nature resonance for sustainability transformation


URBNANCE invites abstracts to the Dresden Nexus Conference

Alina Hossu (University of Bucharest, Romania) and Martina Artmann (head of the URBNANCE research group) are happy to invite interested colleagues to submit an abstract to their session on "Relational values and planning of urban nature and biodiversity". The session is part of the Dresden Nexus Conference "DNC2022: Biodiversity - Stewardship for Vital Resources", which will take place between 23-25 May 2022 as an online event. Deadline for abstract submission is 10 Feb 2022.

25. November 2021

The URBNANCE-team is looking for three student assistant

supporting the PhD projects on (in German):

3. November 2021

IOER Annual Conference 2021: "How to Resonate? Roots for an Intact Urban Human-Nature Relationship"

At the IOER annual conference 2021, the URBNANCE team met for the first time with actors from science and practice.

In a speed talk, Susanne and Mabel gave a brief insight into Hartmut Rosa's resonance theory and the central problems and questions of the URBNANCE project. The subsequent lively and interactive discussion, in which Philip also participated, nourished the team with new inspiring input. Beyond that, Philip was also mainly responsible for the organisation of the conference. 

13 October 2021

A photo exhibition for the URBNANCE project

As part of the cultural program of the IOER summer party on the 9th September 2021 we presented Susanne Müller’s photo exhibition “Nature meets Town”. The exhibition was created in 2017 and shows 13 urban nature-related pictures taken in various countries and towns. It invites the contemplator to think in an integrated manner about socio-ecological living together.

The aim of the URBANCE team is to study urban human-nature resonance and by referring to Hartmut Rosa’s resonance theory we were interested in whether the contemplators were affected by the pictures showing nature moments. Hereby we invited them to interact with the artwork via post-its.

We thank all colleagues for their active participation!

13 October 2021

New URBNANCE essay published at the "The Nature of Cities"

In the essay, Martina Artmann (head of the URBNANCE research group) and her sister Katharina share thoughts and ideas on how to foster vibrant relationships between people and nature in the city. The essay focuses primarily on the importance of sustainable human-food relationships as well as spiritual practices such as meditation and ritual cacao ceremonies.

Let's rediscover that we are multidimensional beings and that we can connect with the world not only via our mind but with our heart, body and soul.

Artmann, Martina; Artmann, Katharina (2021): Soul and the City: Re-Establishing our Relational Capacity Beyond COVID-19. In: The Nature of Cities (2021).

13 October 2021

Welcome: PhD students start their work in the URBNANCE project

The IOER is happy to welcome the new three PhD students in the junior-research group starting their work in July 2021.

Philip Harms, Mabel Killinger and Susanne Müller will research in the next three years which types of human-nature resonance can be found in cities on different levels and which of these foster responses towards sustainability transformation.

The team is looking forward to inspiring exchange and to significantly contribute with their work to the new IOER Leitbild.

27 July 2021

URBNANCE at the 3rd World Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology

In the course of the 3rd World Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology (7-9 July 2021), Martina Artmann (head of the URBNANCE-research group) hosted together with Chris Ives (University of Nottingham) und Markus Egermann (IOER Dresden) a session on the topic „Urban Ecology in the Context of Sustainability Transformations –from Concepts to Interventions“. Based on six international presentations reflected session participants benefits of linking urban ecology and sustainability transformation research and how this task can be pursued in future. As an example for a transformation-oriented project having a link with urban ecology research, Martina Artmann presented the URBNANCE research group. The session aims to initiate further exchange and research activities on this topic. Interested researchers are warmly invited to contact Martina Artmann.

27 July 2021

URBNANCE at "The Nature of Cities Festival"

In the course of the digital "The Nature of Cities Festivals" URBNANCE hosted a session on "Soul in the city – connecting our inner and external nature."

Together with the session attendees, Martina Artmann (head of the junior-research group) and her sister Katharina Artmann (Grafic designer and flowartist) created a multi-dimensional space to explore the inner and external nature of cities. Through a short presentation, meditation and interactive breakout rooms the participants of the session explored how to overcome the human/nature dichotomy. The session showed that transdisciplinary approaches such as mystical and embodied experiences, journaling, mindfulness practices or storytelling can help to nourish our soul in the city and to experience urban nature as a sentient, soulful member of our kin.

26 February 2021

Paper on urban human-food relationship published

project on edible Cities is presented. Based on an embodied framework, the study identified various external and internal dimensions of human-food connection of urban gardeners in Munich (Germany) and assessed their link with pro-environmental food behaviour. The results of this study will support the conceptualization of urban human-food resonance for the URBNANCE project.

Artmann, M.; Sartison, K.; Ives, C.D. (2021): Urban gardening as a means for fostering embodied urban human–food connection? A case study on urban vegetable gardens in Germany. Sustainability Science.

26 February 2021

First meeting with the URBNANCE Advisory Partners

Together with the URBNANCE Advisory Partners we discussed the current status of the project currently focusing on the conceptualization of urban human-nature resonance. In this regard, we reflected how far human-nature resonance can be understood as a

  • mutual symbiosis between human and nonhuman nature
  • multilevel approach
  • lever for sustainability transformation

Also potential empirical approaches for the future PhD projects analyzing and evaluating urban human-nature resonance have been discussed.



5 November 2021