Urbanization and Resilience

Founded: 2017
Faculty Lead: Ronak B. Patel, MD, MPH
Status: Completed Program
Research Theme: Risk, Resilience and Response


Rapid urbanization concentrates risks and hazards to health, wellbeing and crises. Urban crises also challenge the humanitarian ecosystem in unprecedented ways necessitating a radical change from business as usual. Yet, this demographic shift opens new opportunities for innovation in program and policy to protect individual and planetary health. This program investigates urban environments and crises to disaggregate cumulative risks, interrogate the drivers and interactive effects of those risks and study protective factors that allow individuals, households, communities and cities to thrive.