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Welcome to the 2021 Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Leadership for the Future of Cities: Resilient Cities Summer Course!
Key words: resilient cities, health & wellbeing, economy & society, infrastructure & ecosystem, leadership & strategy, united nations sustainable development goals
No matter where they are, cities face mounting and compounded challenges unlike ever before. The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a disruptive series of public health, economic, social, and political crises, while a growing number of cities are threatened by intensifying global risks, such as climate disasters, ethnic and racial tensions, cultural disintegration, conflicts, and depleting resources. The need to training leaders in urban resilience has never been more pressing.
This course is designed to equip university students and professionals aspiring to pursue leadership positions in research and management careers to help cities develop a holistic and evidence-based understanding of a wider range of risks and hazards as well as a systematic and proactive way to build the resilience of cities with stakeholders so as to enhance the capacity of urban systems to make them more adaptable to changes and more efficient in managing the impact of emerging challenges and public emergencies. More specifically, the course will expose attendees in the four major areas for building urban resilience: health & wellbeing, economy & society, infrastructure & ecosystems, and leadership & strategy.
Aiming to connect top research and best practice, the course engages attendees in interactive lectures and workshops taught by leading experts at the University of Oxford and other leading UK universities, and practitioners from the UK government, and key players in business and industry. It provides a global perspective on urban resilience with case studies from global cities and metropolises.
As an essential part of the course, attendees are expected to integrate what they have learned and participate in a research and practice-based project to help tackle local challenges in locations where the Oxford Network for the Future of Cities has existing partnerships. The group project is carried out under the guidance of project supervisors. Teamwork is vital for delivery of the project results which will be assessed through final group presentations.
Online or Residential
Health & Wellbeing
Economy & Society
Infrastructure & Ecosystem
Leadership & Strategy
Practical & Leadership Skills Workshops: training in public speaking, research skills, writing skills, and project management skills
Project Workshops: project development sessions guided and supervised by advanced experienced researchers and professionals
Senior professionals and management staff from government and industry organisations in relevant sectors share about their experiences and insights.
There will also be cultural & social activities that are designed to help attendees to experience British culture and get to know one another and the Oxford students involved in the course. The course also arranges site visits to relevant organisations or firms (applicable to residential attendees only).