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Name of academic: Vivek Shandas
Main course information: This course aims to examine the response of society to a changing climate, with an emphasis on the practices, processes, and programs that can improve the resiliency of communities to climate-induced impacts. We will investigate what it means to be “resilient”, exploring principles from planning, sociology, engineering, environmental studies, and disaster studies, and other related fields. We will also pay special attention to the interplay between social inequality, poverty, social exclusion and vulnerability to natural disaster. Participants will also learn best practices for disaster response, recovery and mitigation—as well as best practices for mitigation in response to climate change. We will examine historical and contemporary case studies, including the Buffalo Creek Flood, the Chicago Heat Wave, Hurricane Katrina, and Super-Typhoon Haiyan, among others, in order to better understand the conditions that create disasters and resilience. We will mine these case studies to uncover best practices for planners, designers, and policy professionals. Finally, through guest lectures and we will consider patterns of resilient responses in the U.S. and beyond and examine the role of community organizations in resiliency planning, response, and recovery.
Year of publication (last updated max 5 years ago): 2019
Topic: Climate Resilience
Course website: https://www.d2l.com/
Region Examined: Global (more than one region)
Language: English
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Geographical scale: Global
Level of Instruction: Post-graduate
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