Urban risk and urban crises responses

Building resilience after urban crises and reducing disaster risk

Urban populations are increasingly facing both acute and chronic crises, arising from the impacts of climate change and other natural disasters, as well as man-made conflicts.

Our work investigates the underlying drivers of vulnerability among urban populations, looking at the intersections between social, economic, political and physical factors. We work with civil society organisations and local governments to develop their capacities to assess vulnerability and plan, finance and implement both soft and hard measures to build resilience and reduce disaster risk.

We also engage with the humanitarian community to understand how local actors and civil society organisations and international humanitarian agencies can more effectively engage in humanitarian responses.

Contact: David Dodman (david.dodman@iied.org), director, Human Settlements.

Find out more about IIED's Human Settlements research group.