F&ES 628a / 2017-2018

Understanding and Building Resilience in Developing Countries

Credits: 3
Fall 2017: Tu, 10:00-12:50, Marsh Classroom
 

 
Resilience in the last decade has moved from a peripheral ecological idea to a central concept in major world debates e.g. Sustainable Development Goals, Climate change Adaptation, Resilient infrastructure and ecosystems. What makes a person or a community resilient to the impacts of climate change? How has the resilience approach been operationalized in the fields of sustainability, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation? What are the limitations and critiques of resilience thinking, and how might this concept evolve in the future?  As development and government agencies increasingly adopt the resilience approach, students interested in pursuing careers across a range of business, environmental and development sectors will increasingly find themselves faced with these questions. This course will prepare students to understand the theory of resilience and operationalize it in a given context.
Limited to 20