About this Webinar
This seminar addresses the nexus between cities and resilience in dealing with disruptive pandemics, like the ongoing COVID-19. As it is evident in these months, there is no doubt that pandemics have significant impacts on peace and sustainability progression(s) of cities and communities around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted some major flaws or shortfalls of our day-to-day city operations, urban management, services, and infrastructures. Hence, resilience has become an important topic of research, especially in facing pandemics. To ensure cities are better prepared for the future, we have to invest more in enhancing and sustaining the resilience of our cities.
By highlighting some of the key points from his latest book, titled “The City in Need”, Prof. Ali Cheshmehzangi first introduces the timely topic of resilient thinking and then delves into discussions about sustaining the city’s continuity and resilience enhancement. The main points here address two poles of ‘preparedness’ and ‘responsiveness’ in dealing with disruptive disease outbreaks. The findings help to respond to matters of peace and sustainability, in achieving and maintaining sustainable-resilient cities.
About the NERPS Webinar Series
The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations.