IMAGINE adaptation teaching in the Masters in City Resilience Design and Management

Ana Terra Amorim-Maia
November 2, 2023
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The IMAGINE adaptation team is currently teaching a module in the Masters in City Resilience Design and Management at the International University of Catalonia (UIC), in Barcelona.

In this Masters’ program, students hailing from all corners of the globe immerse themselves in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary exploration of urban resilience and sustainability. This exploration is facilitated through a structured curriculum, comprising five distinct modules:

  • Resilience theory
  • Resilience of infrastructure and the built environment
  • Resilience and nature-based solutions
  • Community resilience
  • Urban resilience implementation

Our team is teaching within the first module, covering aspects of climate resilience and urban climate adaptation.

Marta Olazabal introduces the critical and profound societal challenges that climate change poses for cities and dives into solutions, measures, and approaches to mitigate and adapt to these changes at the local level.

Ana Amorim-Maia delves into the general development process and content structure of local climate adaptation plans, providing students with a strong foundation in the principles, concepts, and actions that underpin effective climate adaptation planning.

William Lewis equips students with tools to track and assess local adaptation policies, introducing a valuable tool to measure the credibility of climate plans.

Finally, Sean Goodwin rounds off the module by presenting innovative monitoring and evaluation techniques, providing new perspectives on how to comprehend whether cities are effectively adapting to climate change.

By the end of the module, students are well-prepared to grasp the essence of climate change adaptation. They understand how to design and implement a climate adaptation action plan, evaluate the credibility of existing climate policies, and employ effective monitoring and evaluation methods to gauge adaptation progress.

This module aligns well with the core objectives of the IMAGINE adaptation project, which are to (re)define successful adaptation in order to better monitor and evaluate progress in this critical arena. We are committed to nurturing the next generation of urban resilience practitioners, empowering them to lead the way in building more sustainable cities for the future.

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