CITY254

Planning for Community and Economic Resilience

Contemporary cities are dealing with a dizzying array of hazards from climate change and 100-year weather events to terrorism and technological failures. Even though our ability to respond and recover is continually increasing, the demands and costs for managing shocks are increasing as well.

This course provides a foundation for understanding resilience as it pertains to cities of all sizes, using community- and economic-based lenses. It helps practitioners, planners, and organizational leaders to identify their roles in increasing resilience in their own communities and approaches to integrating ‘whole community’ participation.

Currently not available for registration.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate resilience principles to members of their home communities and articulate how various local stakeholders have their own roles in resilience
  • Identify the benefits of resilience planning and programming especially in terms of returns on investment that can be earned in the absence of a disaster or shock
  • Identify community vulnerabilities and better plan for mitigating or adapting to those vulnerabilities (class exercises will provide planning tools)
  • Integrate vulnerable populations into planning and programming
  • Evaluate the institutional environment for community engagement and recovery implementation, and plan for organizational capacity building
  • Understand the fundamentals of economic resilience and begin engaging local stakeholders in economic resilience planning
  • Analyze case studies for practices that can be transferred to home community situations (class exercises will involve collaborative case reviews in participant groups)

Who is this course for?

This course is for practitioners, planners and organizational leaders who are interested in resilience, or are tasked with improving the resilience capabilities of their home institutions. Relevant participants may include:

  • Planners
  • Elected officials
  • Local, provincial and federal government administrators and project managers
  • Non-profit executives or staff
  • Neighbourhood house or community-based organization executives or staff
  • Activists and advocates for vulnerable populations

How will I learn?

You will learn concepts and skills through the following activities:

  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • Case studies
  • In-class group exercises

How should I prepare?

Please email the instructor prior to the course with specific interests or questions you would like addressed. The final course curriculum will be tailored to meet participant needs and interests. We'll send more information on this request to those who register.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide all information during the course, or online at the conclusion of the class.

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