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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


  • 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 (in review) 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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