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Urban Resilience

Urban Resilience is a research area in the section of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Research in this area investigates urban resilient transition, and addresses the causes and effects of climate change in cities, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, and risk reduction of climatic, environmental and man-made disaster. Urban Resilience is led by Professor Nicola Tollin.

The objective of the research is to inform policy-making at international and national level, and to support science-based urban planning and design for local action, both in the Global North and South. The research group actively contributes to the joint implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, and the Sendai Action Framework for Risk Reduction.

The specific areas of competence include urban resilience (theory and practice, operationalisation, monitoring and evaluation), urban climate adaptation (risk reduction, loss and damages, cost of non-action, maladaptation), urban climate mitigation (carbon budgets, generation of co-benefits, low-carbon transition), multi-level governance (vertical and horizontal integration of national policies and local actions), process design (co-design and co-creation, stakeholders’ participation, evaluation and monitoring), and circular urban metabolism (circular economy, design for system transition, waste, water and air quality).

The activities of the research area in education, training, and capacity building are clustered in the International Urban Resilience Academy (IURA).


Nicola Tollin
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Urban Resilience Research Group