We live in an urban age where cities are growing by 1.5 million people per week. Two-thirds of us will be city-dwellers by 2050 – that’s 2.5 billion more than today.
Cities offer opportunities for livelihoods and industry including employment and education. Cities also highlight growing inequality and fuel climate change.
So, how do we ensure future cities are more sustainable, resilient and inclusive? How do we create cities that do not continue to deplete resources, increase temperatures and contribute to chronic poverty?
This work, led by Professor David Sanderson and Dr Paul Barnes, examines the ways that urbanisation and disaster resilience are connected. Since 2016 their work has been embedded within UNSW's Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation.
David and Paul continue this work at UNSW focussed on the intersection between urbanisation, cities, livelihoods and inequality.