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Tools for Urban Resilience

Project 1: Resilience Indices and Rankings



Resilience indices and rankings showcase how cities perform and compare based on indicators like liveability and quality of life. This project intends to explore the usefulness and challenges of these rankings and how they may be improved. City rankings are useful for a fair number of reasons including stimulating public interest for the city residents. However, they are still limited in areas such as quality data.


Project leads: Devansh Jain, Perrine Hamel

PublicationsBetter Rankings for Better Cities: The Limitations and Prospects of City Rankings The Nature of Cities (2022)

Project 2: Serious games for nature-based solutions

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Serious Games address ‘wicked questions’ that are not easily solved but might have important consequences. This project assessed how serious games could inform the implementation of nature-based solutions in cities. Of the compiled list of 62 games, 19 are highly relevant to nature-based solutions in urban planning. Results suggest that most games were developed for educational purposes, and they conveyed utilitarian values of nature (i.e., highlighting the benefits of urban nature for people).

Project lead: Aura Istrate

Publication: Istrate & Hamel (2023) Serious Games to Integrate Nature-based Solutions in Urban Planning: A review

Database of serious games: Nov2021_Database 62 games_Supplemental Material - Copy for website.xlsx

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