The University of Iceland (Icelandic: Háskóli Íslands) is a public research university
in Reykjavík, Iceland, and the country’s oldest and largest institution of higher
Founded in 1911, it has grown steadily from a small civil servants’ school to a modern comprehensive university, providing instruction for about 16,000 students in twenty-five faculties. Teaching and research is conducted in social sciences, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, engineering and teacher education. It has a campus concentrated around Suðurgata street in central Reykjavík, with additional facilities located in nearby areas as well as in the countryside.
Numerous conferences and large-scale events are hosted yearly by different faculties within the University of Iceland. The Faculty of Political science has hosted and instigated some large conferences of which the ECPR conference in 2011 is the largest. Middle sized conferences such as NoPSA in 2021 and 2005 (200-400 participants) have also been hosted by the Faculty of Political Science and the Institute of Public Administration and Politics. Originally the NoPSA conference was set for August 2020 with around 400 participants but was postponed and finally turned into an online event with 22 workshops and 250 papers.
The conference aims to encourage critical reflection on the resilience of the European city in the face of an uncertain future. The last decade has increasingly left us with an ever growing feeling of uneasiness and uncertainty. Cities have in many areas been key players in tackling climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and the integration of a large influx of refugees. The conference invites scholars to discuss the resilience of the European city from a broad trans-disciplinary perspective.
Reykjavík and Iceland are appropriate contexts within which to explore some of these questions. Although rural at heart Iceland is highly urbanised country. However, urbanisation has happened swiftly bringing forth problems in relation underdeveloped infrastructure with e.g., traffic digestion, underdeveloped housing system and environmental challenges.
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