How do cities begin to solve the pressing challenges they will face in the coming decades, including climate change, affordable housing, and employment? A new group of Global Network scholars aiming to focus on urban resilience issues met recently to help design solutions.
At a meeting held at the Yale School of Management on July 5-6, faculty with an interest in resilience from throughout the network met to discuss areas for collaboration on research and teaching topics as part of the new Collaborative on Urban Resilience and Effectiveness (CURE).
“Too often the fundamental research that is conducted at universities is disconnected from communities and their people, problems, and organizations,” said Murali Chandrashekaran, senior associate dean for strategic partnerships and global initiatives at the Sauder School of Business, who organized the event. “A topic like urban resilience focuses on the intersection of the natural, built, and human environments, and affords a unique opportunity for comprehensive research universities to break down silos and come together to realize the promise of universities as problem solvers for humanity.”
The event was a way to start the conversation, he said, and connect more faculty to discover where their interests lie and develop new areas to work together. The network has partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program on Global Network Weeks and a Global Network course focused on urban resilience.
“Our vision for the CURE initiative is to see researchers from across different faculties collaborating and engaging proactively with the those who can be most impacted by the results of their research,” Chandrashekaran said. “Building these bridges will allow our universities to maximize the impact of our research on important global issues like urban prosperity, innovation, and development.