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Addressing the wicked problems of the 21st century – such as climate change, global supply chain issues, impacts on food production, and high-impact failures of global infrastructure – is a critical challenge for the future of humanity and one we must engage a multidisciplinary approach to tackle effectively.

Urban resilience refers to the measurable ability of any urban system, with its inhabitants, to maintain continuity through all shocks and stresses, while positively adapting and transforming toward sustainability. To deliver on the CSWP’s ambition, the inaugural Global Urban Resilience project aims to bring together a wide range of academics, practitioners and policy makers to research and advocate for effective solutions to the multitude of wicked problems faced in the modern urban landscape.

About the GUR Project

The ISRM and CSWP launched the new Global Urban Resilience project as the first major global initiative of the centre. The project is intended to tackle major global problems regarding the stability and prosperity of urban centres, focussing on how to better manage complex risks and improve urban resilience in the 21st century.

Plan of Action

We divided the Concept of Urban Resilience into two groups of modules based on the challenges to tackle. By dividing the overarching Wicked Problem of urban resilience into smaller problems, we can create a clear map of the challenges ahead so that we can begin to tackle them one by one and conceptualise solutions.

Conceptual Map of Urban Resilience

Approach and Methodology

The methodology for the Global Urban Resilience Project under the CSWP is designed to be comprehensive and multidisciplinary, integrating collaboration, advocacy education, and research – four main pillars of the CSWP.