Building and Governing Climate Resilient Cities


Cities are on the front lines of climate change, both in developing policy to respond to climate change and experiencing the impacts of a changing climate. Cities around the world, including Toronto, are experimenting with new technologies, ideas, infrastructure, and governance strategies that can build resilience to climate change in a way that is effective and equitable. This challenge interest group will explore the interdisciplinary and evolving field of urban climate resilience in order to identify shared, achievable, and policy-relevant research questions going forward.

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Team Lead

  • Fadi Masoud, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design


  • Oya Mercan, Civil Engineering  (UTSG)
  • Marianne Touchie, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Civil (UTSG)
  • Tenley Conway, Geography and Planning (UTM)
  • John Robinson, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the School of Environment (UTSG)
  • Gabriel Eidelman, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
  • Liat Margolis, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
  • Kim Strong, Physics (UTSG)
  • Paul Kushner, Physics (UTSG)
  • Karen Smith, Physical and Environmental Sciences (UTSC)
  • David Hulchanski, Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work
  • Jutta Brunnee, Faculty of Law
  • Ellior Cappell, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto 
  • Daviel Dusca, Senior Policy Advisor, Stakeholder Engagement, City of Toronto
  • Linda Swanston, Program Manager: Energy and Environment Division, City of Toronto