Urban Resilience: New Realities

Part of the Pandemonium: Urban Studies and Recovering from COVID-19 lecture series.

Resilience has been an emergent theme in city planning and management in the 21st century and its relevance is both altered and underscored by our experience with COVID-19. How much can we apply from emergency and recovery planning efforts from other cities and other kinds of risks and disasters to our post-pandemic context? How much of the present pandemic demands a reconsideration of what it means to plan effectively for disaster? We address the new realities of considering urban resilience in the context of the pandemic and in the other slow emergencies still unfolding around us in climate, energy and other domains.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

5:00 PM


Online event

A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.


Seth Klein
Adjunct Professor, SFU Urban Studies

Seth Klein served for 22 years as the founding British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice. He is now a freelance writer, speaker and policy consultant, and an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program. Seth’s new book – A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency – was published in September 2020.

Seth is a founder and served for eight years as co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a co-founder of the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families campaign, and an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance. He also serves on the board of Dogwood.

A social change activist for over 35 years, Seth lives in East Vancouver with his partner and two children. Seth has been listed by Vancouver Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in the city, and by Homemakers Magazine among the “60 men we love.”  He does not know how he ended up on either list, but he humbly accepts the latter.

Guest speakers

Sarah Moser
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University

Sarah Moser is Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she is the Director of the Urban Studies Program. Sarah received her PhD in Geography from the National University of Singapore and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College. Sarah’s research primarily focuses on Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Gulf states. She is interested in the global phenomenon of new cities being built from scratch, the transnational circulation of urban policy, and how religious and national ideology are manifested in the built environment, particularly in state-driven urban mega-projects.

Sarah has published articles in journals such as Urban Studies, Cities, Area, Social and Cultural Geography, Geography, ABE Journal: Architecture Beyond Europe, Urban Geography, International Development Planning Review, and Geoforum. She has a book coming out this year titled New Master-Planned Cities, Islam, and Identity (Routledge).

Laurah John
Founder & CEO, JUA KALI LTD., St. Lucia

Laurah John, founder and Chief Executive Officer of JUA KALI LTD., is a social & green entrepreneur with the colossal mission of changing the way WE view ‘waste’. JUA KALI LTD. provides sustainable Resource Recovery/Circular Economy based solutions to address waste management issues in Small Island Developing States. 

Being an entrepreneur in a developing country context has afforded Laurah certain opportunities to develop her professional capacity. In May of 2019, she was invited by the World Bank to present and be a guest panelist at their Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference held in Barbados. In May 2018, Laurah joined 999 Millennials (talents) in Singapore as part of the UNLEASH Innovation Lab, where they sought to create solutions to some of the pressing Sustainable Development Goals. Academically, Laurah successfully completed a Master’s in Urban Studies (Social Planning) at the Simon Fraser University in Canada from 2010 to 2012.

Anna Maria Bounds
Assistant Professor, Sociology, City University of New York

Anna Maria Bounds is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Policy from The New School. Her new book, Bracing for the Apocalypse: An Ethnographic Study of New York's ‘Prepper’ Subculture, is a rich ethnography that explores the rise of urban preppers in her city. Her research interests focus on city subcultures, city tourism, and public space. She teaches courses on urban sociology and social science research methods. She has also earned an M.A. in Writing from Old Dominion University. Her sheltering in place hobbies include analyzing the books and photos displayed by others during virtual meetings, half-hearted decluttering and daydreaming about pet ownership.

Lilia Yumagulova
Program Director, Preparing Our Home

Lilia Yumagulova is the Program Director for the Preparing Our Home Program, an award-winning Indigenous community resilience planning program.

Lilia is a Bashkir woman, born and raised in the Soviet Union, in a low-income area of a large urban centre prone to recurring floods. It was witnessing these regular “disasters” affect her community year after year that influenced her choice of profession. Lilia holds degrees in Engineering (with a focus on emergency management), an M.Sc. in Risk Analysis (King’s College London, UK), and a PhD from UBC with a focus on resilience planning.


Accessibility, Technology & Privacy

Registration and password

A password to access this event will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.