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Theme 2: Cities

During the three meetings this term, we are focusing on resilience in cities and how big data and technology will shape the way we view and live in cities in the future.

Taking a global view

The first meeting in the series was on the 19th January and we started to explore new ways to layer social, economic and environmental datasets to assess risk and resilience in cities.

Our first witness was Professor James Jackson, Professor of Geophysics, Geodynamics and Tectonics and Head of the Department Earth Sciences.  He joined Dr Elisabete Silva, a Senior Lecturer in Planning in the Department of Land Economy, and Professor Danny Ralph, Professor of Operations Research and Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies (CRS) in the Judge Business School.

Building up a picture

This is the second meeting in the series and on the 16th February, the three witnesses will help us to think about how we can bring different kinds of data sets together to assess vulnerability and risk in cities.

Our witness was Rowan Douglas, the CEO Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Group, a global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance company.

Catalyzing change

In March, we turn to catalyzing change and the panel of witnesses will bring a policy perspective to the discussion and help us to explore about what resilience means on the ground and how cities can become more resilient in practice.

Our first witness was Sergio Freire representing the GHSL project from Global Security and Crisis Management Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC),  Ispra, Italy.  He joined Dr PB Anand (Anand Prathivadi Bhayankaram) from the Centre for International Development, University of Bradford and Prof. Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London and Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). 

For more information about each of these meetings, please follow the links on the right.

Our first topic focused on sustainable cities and the meetings this term will build on some of the questions that framed our discussions between October 2013 and June 2014.

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