This theme focuses on how to make cities, as well as communities and citizens, more resilient, agile and adaptable to climate change and other global challenges, such as future pandemics.


Leapfrog: Transforming Public Sector Engagement by Design

The Leapfrog project will be a close collaboration with public sector and community partners to design and evaluate new approaches to consultation. Engagement with communities in public service decision making is becoming an increasingly important part of local and regional life, with moves to help communities be more active and connected to their wider environment. This £1.2 million, three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project will co-design new tools and approaches to facilitate new creative engagement activities.

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ProtoPolicyAsia: Empowering Local Communities and Government in Malaysia in Addressing Social Issues in Ageing and Disabilities

This 12-month project, ProtoPolicyAsia, aims to increase local community participation in the Malaysian national policy-making process to work together with relevant government agencies on social issues that relate to older persons and persons with disabilities.

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Predicting Urban Food Insecurity Under Climate Change in Brazilian Amazonia

Understanding how climate change and poverty interact to cause food insecurity in developing countries provides vital information for reducing the negative impacts of environmental change. Owing to its novel, topical and applied nature, this research will bring significant benefits to the academic community, governments and the public in UK, Brazil and elsewhere.

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Amazonian Cities and Extreme Hydro-Climatic Events: Research to Reduce Vulnerability and Build Resilience

This research partnership will build and strengthen scientific collaboration between UK and Brazilian researchers. The team will work together to develop new, innovative research in order to reduce the vulnerability of Amazonian cities to extreme climatic events, such as floods and droughts.

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RESPOND-OR: Resilient Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disaster Response Through Operational Research

The overarching strategic objective of the RESPOND-OR project is the development and implementation of novel mathematical models to capture the complexity, dynamic, and uncertainty characteristics of disaster preparedness and response decisions, along with efficient hyper heuristic algorithms to enable the efficient, effective, and equitable allocation of disaster preparedness and response resources.

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