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Climate Change and Resilient Cities

Climate Change and Resilient Cities

Cities are home for a majority of people on the planet, and these homes and communities are increasingly impacted by changes in society, economy, and nature. Climate change is accelerating and amplifying many of these changes. Resilience, the capacity of individuals and their communities, together with government and the private sector, to respond to and manage the various shocks and stresses that impact their lives, is both a defining challenge and opportunity for people and cities. This course will explore what it means to be a resilient city, and what communities and governments can do to enhance resilience, especially in a time of climate change.


What you will learn
This course will include a mix of seminar style group discussions, readings, and individual and small-group design research. Participants will select specific resilience challenges that they wish to explore related to their own communities, and will work to develop new perspectives on these challenges, including through engagement with local people and institutions in San Jose. This course will require very active participation and a desire to engage with other participants, as well as with the local environment and context of San Jose.


How you will learn it

Participants will learn about existing frameworks for understanding and evaluating the factors that contribute to, and diminish, resilience of people and places. These factors include environmental, social, political, and economic assets, as well as the underlying societal and natural ecosystems that enable these assets to thrive. Participants will also develop the tools for taking a people-centered or design lens to understanding resilience challenges in their own communities.



Basic familiarity with urban resilience concepts and frameworks will be helpful. Readings and references will be provided to course participants in advance.


What to bring to the workshop

  • A notebook and pen
  • Laptop
  • Digital camera (phone is fine)


Your Instructor


Oren Ahoobim

Oren is a Partner in Dalberg’s San Francisco office and is the co-lead of the firm's Climate and Environment Practice and Cities Practice. Oren advises city and national governments, multilateral development agencies, foundations, NGOS, and corporations to develop and implement strategies that promote environmental sustainability and advance equity and justice for people and communities.


He has a diverse background in strategy consulting, academia, and high-growth start-up ventures, and significant experience as an economist addressing important issues in global energy, environmental markets, and sustainable development. International experience focused on emerging markets throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.


Previously, Dr. Ahoobim was a Director at Frontier Strategy Group in Washington DC and New York, and an Associate at Mercer Management Consulting in San Francisco. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Economics from Stanford University, where he also served as an Instructor of Economics and Mathematics. His doctoral research focused on the technology, economics and market dynamics of renewable energy.