The main objective is to train Greek (and German) students as well as young researchers to develop integrative strategies of crisis resistant cities as well as new and resilient types of cooperation between public, private and civil stakeholders (governance structures). The joint research and teaching activities aim at (1) understanding the challenges of a sustainable and resilient urban development, (2) analysing the steering mechanisms and instruments and (3) developing appropriate strategies and measures.
The intensive knowledge and experience transfer offers the possibility to the partners as well as the involved students and young researchers to learn from each and to acquire new competences in developing sustainable and resilient cities. Regarding urban resilience e.g. many German cities have developed strategies (e.g. energy concepts, climate change adaptation strategies, etc.), institutional structures (climate protection offices) as well as hold experience in involving citizen initiatives in urban development processes (new governance structures). Urban resilience approaches and experiences at the urban level cannot be only identified in Germany, thus an exchange within research and development is extremely profitable. In Greece for example, several alternative organisations, such as citizen initiatives, producer-consumer-networks, time banks, cooperatives, NGOs, social movement organisations, voluntary organization, have been initiated since the economic crisis in 2011 which lobby for marginalised groups (Kousis 2016, p. 51).