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Urban Resilience Intensive Training 2021


Urban Resilience Intensive Training 2021

The Urban Resilience Intensive Training 2021 brings together policymakers, practitioners and researchers for two intensive weeks (online), 19th – 30th of July 2021. The training aims at expanding the participants' knowledge on policies, tools, strategic and action planning for resilient urban transition,  responding to the need for systemic change in tackling global challenges, for a just and green transition, with a specific focus on COVID-19 recovery and climate change interplay.

The training brings together transdisciplinary knowledge and perspectives, from science, policy and practice, on urban resilience. The training builds the necessary skills and competencies to respond to the need for a systemic transformation to tackle global challenges relevant for the Global South and North. Through a system thinking approach, the program focuses specifically on core topics such as: resilience analysis and profiling, future scenarios, strategic and action planning; as well as on specific topics such as eco-system services, multi-level governance, nature-based solutions, stakeholders analysis and participation.

As part of the programme, the participants are welcome to join the urban resilience community of practice, a vibrant global network of professionals that has been initiated by alumni from the 2019 and 2020 training programmes. The aim of the community of practice is to support peer learning and further collaboration.

Read & download the call for participation here

See the 2020 edition of the training here and the report with results here

Urban Resilience Intensive Training 2021

Today over 50% of world population lives in urban areas, and cities account for 60-80% of global energy consumption and the same level of greenhouse gases missions, producing 50% of global waste, consuming 75% of natural resources and producing 80% of global GDP.

Cities and their populations are vulnerable and increasingly exposed to rapid and slow on-setting climate and environmental disasters, which frequency and intensity is growing exponentially. Cities are also major centers of economic activity, social life and culture, innovation and knowledge-creation.

Urban resilience aims at increasing the ability of urban systems, to respond systemically and dynamically to present and future shock and stresses related to major global challenges as: unsustainable development patterns, rapid and unplanned urbanization, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Urban resilience is instrumental to address both causes and effects of these mayor global challenges, re-thinking the way in which cities are designed, planned and managed, at the same time fostering innovation. The scientific research on urban resilience has been exponentially growing in the last decade, parallelly a growing number of cities worldwide started developing resilience related plans and actions, following the recommendations and prescriptions national and international policies international policies, as: Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The key challenge for urban resilience is to co-develop and harmonize scientific and practice led knowledge to support informed and science-based decision and policy making, to enable our cities to evolve and innovate

The training builds the core skills and competencies for urban resilient transition, including fundaments of urban resilience in research, including climate science, international and national policies, and resilient in action. The participants will also acquire core competencies on system thinking, system dynamic, transition theory and transformative strategies/actions.

The training adopts a process design methodology, through which the participants will learn about the use of methods for: system and stakeholders’ analysis, future scenarios (forecasting, visioning and backcasting), strategic and action planning.

The training is funded on problem-based learning, and the participants, divided in small groups, will respond to a specific challenge, applying specific tools and methods through a system thinking approach.

The challenge this year is focusing on just and green transition, in the frame of COVID-19 recovery and climate change, and how to enhance urban resilience through transformative strategies and actions.

The training will also focus on key cross-sectoral issues, such as: multi-level governance, nature-based solutions, finance, appropriate technology, participatory processes and stakeholder's involvement, generation of co-benefits, urban metabolism, circular economy.

The training is highly participatory, designed for applied learning, aiming at fostering peer-to-peer learning among policy makers, practitioners and scientist, including both participants and lecturers/tutors.

The training includes live and pre-recorded lectures, delivered by recognized professionals from our partner organizations, group work and social session.


The participants will develop their knowledge on:

  • The basis of urban resilience and global challenges science, and the development of research in different disciplinary contexts.
  • International policies (Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction).
  • Urban resilience practices with specific case studies from cities worldwide, including strategic plans, action plans, and technological solutions.
  • Cross-sectorial and thematic issues.

The participants will develop competencies based on system thinking through a process design methodology for urban resilience including

  • System mapping & stakeholders’ analysis,
  • Analyzing current and future urban trends and drivers, at local and global level,
  • Future scenarios methods: visioning and backcasting,
  • Strategic and action planning.

Urban Resilience Intensive Training 2021 is targeted at middle and senior practitioners, scientists, and researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds including engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, economic and social sciences

Practitioners from private and public sector, including also non-profit organizations

Policymakers from national and subnational governments and from international and intergovernmental organizations.

Scientists and Researchers from universities and research organizations including PhD candidates, researchers and lecturers

The course will be organized during two intensive weeks on-line from Monday the 19th July until 30th of July.  The course will be preceded by a welcome session, introducing the training structure. Alongside the live online sessions, we encourage participants to access the preparatory learning materials 1 week before the start of the course. The estimation is about 6-8 hours of video recorded lectures/webinars.

From the 19th until 30th July, there will be live sessions each day lasting 2.5 hours (13.00 – 15.30 CEST time), during which there will be lectures, presentation of the challenge, feedback on the group work and common group discussion. The time of the daily session is indicative and will be adjusted depending on participants’ time zone. Participants will be working on the problem-based challenge in small groups, and coaching sessions will be organized with each group.

We expect from the participants a high level of commitment due to the very interactive mode of the training with intensive group work and discussions, covering 2.5 hours for daily sessions and 4-6 hours of group work and coaching. Alongside the formal programme, social activities will be organized to make the most of our time together. 

Upon the conclusion of the training, the participants will receive a Certificate of Participation, for which it is required to attend 80 % of the daily sessions, contribute to the group work and submit the required outputs.

The entire training, including lectures, group work and self-learning, is approximately 125 hours, equivalent to 5 ECTS.


Submission deadline: 31 May 2021
Course date: 19 – 30 July

Urban Resilience Intensive Training 2021 is targeted at middle and senior practitioners, scientists, and researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds including engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, economic and social sciences.

English language proficiency is required.

There is a limited number of places available, therefore the participants will be competitively selected according to their curriculum vitae, motivation letter and the application form.

In order to apply, send the following documents to  and CC to indicating ‘Application UR-IntensiveTraining2021’ in the subject line: 

  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • A motivation letter, explaining in 300 to 500 words why you would like to participate in this intensive training, how it can help your academic and professional development, as well as, what are your competencies and expertise you can contribute with to the intensive training.
  • The application form (download)

Please note that mandatory documents are to be sent as a single PDF file.

Submission deadline: 31 May 2021

There is a fee for participants of 1200 EUR.

Successful candidates will receive information about the modes of payment once admitted. Applicants from the Global South can request for fee waiver as few scholarships are available . The participants shall request the scholarship in the application, each request will be assessed individually.








Organizing Committee

 University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

University of Southern Denmark  (SDU)


University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Danish Association of Architectural Firms

Corina Angheloiu

Imperial College London (ICL)
Forum for the Future 

Monica Pandele

Presidio Graduate School 

IUAV University of  Venice

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Aalborg University (AAU)
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Last Updated 28.06.2021