Imagen-Master-City-Resilience-1Last call for applicants! If you are looking for opportunities to bridge research and practice and make a difference in how cities are tackling the most pressing global challenges of this century, the New International Master Degree in City Resilience Design and Management may be for you.

Hosted on our campus by Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), the one-year program is led by Urban Resilience Research Network, a research community exploring multidisciplinary perspectives on urban resilience directed by one of our guest professors, Lorenzo Chelleri.

Nowadays, design is not enough. We live in an increasingly urbanized and unsustainable planet in which design solutions and technologies enabling a more equitable and risk-safe future are available, but we lack the capacity to implement them correctly. This new program challenges the current way of thinking in silos and in terms of singular solutions. Instead, it proposes a multidisciplinary, multi-scale, and multi-sector governance approach in order to understand complex dynamics and frame a more resilient and sustainable pattern of urban development.


The international program teaches how urban resilience should be implemented, featuring  collaborations with more than 25 leading scholars from international universities in the fields of Climate Change, Disaster Resilience and Sustainability in cities.  It is also supported by international partners including UN Habitat, UNESCO IHE, Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities, ICLEI, ECOLISE, METROPOLIS and many others, in order to bridge theory and practice and provide students with real world challenges from which to learn, and through which to find a professional place in the world.

A semester of seminars and workshop-like classes tacking the built environment, urban services, green infrastructures and community resilience integration is followed by a semester during which students will develop a resilience strategy during their internship, hosted by a city or partner organization and supported by one of the Urban Resilience Research Net tutors. Take a look at this schematic of the course structure.

The final group of 25 selected students starting the master in October will also have the unique opportunity to play an active role within the organization of the International Conference titled Reframing Urban Resilience Implementations: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience to be held in Barcelona December 10-15, 2018. The international conference is organized by the Urban Resilience Research Network together with UN-Habitat, UIC and this degree as a way of putting Barcelona on the global map when it comes to urban resilience research. Students coming to Barcelona next year will have the chance to meet and interview conference keynote speakers, discuss and report on key panels, and interact with nearly 200 experts set to take part in the event.

The inaugural lecture welcoming new students on October 1st will be given by Professor Jon Coaffee, director of the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities and Resilient Cities Lab and author of six books and dozens of articles on Urban Resilience.

The Master Program launched May 2018 and has already received 90 applications from students, city practitioners and consultants from 32 different countries and diverse backgrounds. It is currently making its last call for applications, with only just a few more spaces available. Find out more here!

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