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Plan of Action for the CSWP Global Urban Resilience Project

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.


Over the 18-month period the Programme will concurrently work on the smaller problems as research and policy-development projects, managed and delivered in partnership with academia, researchers, NGOs, policy makers, giving thought-leadership and action-orientated outcomes, prioritise sustainability, equity and social cohesion.

There are two pillars of 6 modules each. This equals 12 sub-projects of the Global Urban Resilience Programme, resulting in 12 integrated research and policy papers made with the partners. The two pillars constantly interact with each other, as the city structure pillar is created to support the social structure pillar.


What we mean by this is that the heart of the city is its people, and the city itself is meant to support their wellbeing, and therefore, its structural resilience modules are all oriented towards the wellbeing of the citizens through the facilitation and enabling of the social resilience modules. A city cannot have social resilience if the underlying structure of the city is not functioning.

The 18-month period is divided into three 6-month action periods, each tackling 4 problems, 2 each from the two pillars. Each 6-month period consists of research and consultation, and is concluded with a Conference where the results of the research into the 4 problems of those 6 months are publicly announced and explained, while detailed analysis and policy suggestions are offered to policy makers.


After the 18-month period the CSWP will produce a book containing the research, policy proposals, analysis, suggestions and the conference proceedings. The Book will also contain scientific papers and analysis grouped based on the two conceptual pillars and their modules.


The CSWP will organise smaller events including academia, policy makers, NGOs, as well as universities and student groups, in order to exchange thoughts and research, and to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-exchange.

The CSWP Global Urban Resilience Programme will represent a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort to addressing the complex challenges of urban resilience in the 21st century. Through a carefully structured approach across two main pillars – The People (Social Resilience) and The City Structure (Structural Resilience) – we have outlined a comprehensive strategy that intertwines public policy, social inclusion, infrastructure development and environmental sustainability.


This programme will be a call to action for a diverse range of stakeholders, from government agencies to local communities, and from industry experts to students across various disciplines. Our aim is to foster an environment of collaboration, knowledge exchange and practical application in order to transform the way cities around the world understand and implement urban resilience.


As we move forward, the insights and strategies developed through this programme will shape the future of urban living – making our cities safer, more inclusive and better prepared for the challenges ahead.