The 100 Resilient Cities Initiative (100RC) pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation seeks to foster creation of resilient communities that can withstand physical, social, and economic challenges. To accomplish this task, it will provide “a roadmap to resilience” by funding a Chief Resilience Officer in each city, providing expert support for a resilience strategy, connecting cities to service providers and partners to develop and implement their resilience strategies, and offering membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.
This research project aims to study the 100RC on several levels. Within individual communities, we are interested in how cities develop a resilience strategy and the extent to which citizens and publics participate in these efforts. As a network, we are interested in how cities interact with each other and whether they “learn from and help each other.” As an initiative, we are interested in various meanings of resilience that are used by stakeholders in various parts of the network, how these meanings inform resilience strategies, the role of the Resilience Officer, and how the Resilience Officer develops resilience activities within a community.
In addition, the 100RC research project is affiliated with an interdisciplinary NSF-funded research project titled, “The Interdependent Criticality of Built, Social, and Information Infrastructures in Community Resilience: A New Framework and Participatory Process.” For more information check out the award abstract here.
Leah Sprain, Assistant Professor at CU Boulder, is working on this project with Bruce and Claire.