Odense, Denmark

Engineering - Urban Resilience

online course
when 3 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

Please note that this is an online course.

Cities as facing major global challenges such as: unsustainable development patterns, rapid and unplanned urbanization, climate change mitigation and adaptation. At the same time Cities are also major centres of economic activity, social life and culture, innovation and knowledge-creation.
Urban resilience aims at increasing the ability of urban systems, to respond systemically and dynamically to present and future shock and stresses related to the major global challenges.
Urban resilience is instrumental to address both causes and effects of these mayor global challenges, rethinking the way in which cities are designed, planned and managed, at the same time fostering innovation.
The scientific research on urban resilience has been exponentially growing in the last decade, parallelly a growing number of cities worldwide started developing resilience related plans and actions, following the recommendations and prescriptions national and international policies international policies, as: Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The key challenge for urban resilience is to co-develop and harmonize scientific and practice led knowledge to support informed and science-based decision and policy making, to enable our cities to evolve and innovate.

Course main objective
The summer school aims at providing the participants with the latest knowledge on urban resilience research, practice and policies through lectures; and to co-develop their skills and knowledge on planning for urban resilience using Odense’s real-life experience and challenges as a living laboratory, through a problem-based workshops.
The summer school goal is to bring together multi-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives, from science and practice, on the different global and local challenges faced by cities, and to provide a process design methodology and the necessary skills to developed informed policies, strategies, plans and solutions for urban resilience.

Target group

Mandatory: The summer school welcomes students with different disciplinary backgrounds with completed of at least two academic years in the fields of engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, economic, and social sciences.
Recommended: Students should be interested in or curious about climate adaptation and mitigation, energy, food sector, health sector, as well as cross-disciplinary learning.

Course aim

Systems thinking
Stakeholders analysis, mapping of socio-environmental-physical elements of a system with understanding and mapping interdependencies and interrelations,
Analysing current future trends and drivers, at local and global level, defining the most realistic future scenarios,
Defining the key elements and principles that constitute the best desirable futures
Identify and describe transition milestones from the future to the present (defined the most desirable and realistic future)
Identify the necessary resources and capacity in order to understanding how to manage the whole process of transition from one milestone to another, from present to future.
Develop and identify a set of actions, design options and frame conditions, as: technologies, finance, policies options that can lead the transition in a systemic way.

Fee info

EUR 0: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees.

NON-EU student: 8635 DKK per course (1160 Euro)

EU Students: 4250 DKK per course (570 Euro)