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Theme 2: Cities

In January, February and March 2016, we focused on resilience in cities and ways in which big data and technology will shape the way we view and live in them in the future.

The meetings this term built on some of the questions that framed our discussions during our first topic, sustainable cities, between October 2013 and June 2014 . 

In January and February, we discussed new ways to layer social, economic and environmental datasets in order to assess risk and resilience in cities, and how vulnerable they are to short term shocks and long term changes in the environment. In March, we turned to catalyzing change and ways that cities can become more resilient in practice.

Layers of data

On the 19th January a professor of geophysics, geodynamics and tectonics joined the founder and Director of the Centre for Risk Studies and a spatial planner with an interest in applications of new technologies to explore new ways to layer social, economic and environmental datasets in order to assess risk and resilience in cities.

Risk and vulnerability

On the 16th February, the deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey joined the CEO of Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Group to help us to think about ways to assess vulnerability and risk in cities.

Catalyzing change

In the final meeting of the series on the 8th March, we turned from theory to practice and a professor of planning joined a specialist in environmental economics and public policy and a geographer working in the Global Security and Crisis Management Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) in Italy to think about about what resilience means on the ground and how cities can become more resilient in practice.

For more information about these meetings, please follow the links on the right or e-mail Dr Konstantina Stamati (ks712@cam.ac.uk)