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Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Leadership for the Future of Cities: Resilient Cities Summer Course

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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.

The Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Leadership for the Future of Cities Short Course is provided in collaboration with the University of Oxford Network for the Future of Cities. The 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 University of 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.

Programme Title
Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Leadership for the Future Cities: Resilient Cities Summer Course
Saturday 14th August 2021 — Friday 27th August 2021

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

Sharing Sessions

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).



Our rights to make changes to the short course
We endeavour to deliver the short courses as they are advertised in our course promotional materials. In response to the need for improvement of the course, the availability of teaching staff, operational demands, and changing circumstances, we may make changes to the following aspects of the short course before and after the start of the short course: (1) the course date, schedule and timetable; (2) the course content and syllabus; (3) teaching faculty; and (4) the delivery method.