Risk-Based, Pro-Poor Urban Design and Planning for Tomorrow’s Cities

Carmine Galasso, John McCloskey, Mark Pelling, Max Hope, Chris Bean, Gemma J Cremen, Guragain Ramesh, Ufuk Hancilar, Jonathan Menoscal, Keziah Mwang'a, Jeremy C Phillips, David Rush, Hugh Sinclair

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Tomorrow’s Cities1 is the £20 m United Kingdom Research and
Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Urban
Disaster Risk Hub. The Hub aims to support the delivery of the United
Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and priorities 1 to 3 of the
Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015–2030 [1].
We work in four cities: Istanbul, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Quito. We
collaborate with local, national, and global organisations to strengthen
disaster risk governance by undertaking integrated, multi-scale, and
multi-disciplinary research to better understand natural multi-hazard
risks and their drivers.

Ongoing rapid urbanisation and urban expansion provide a timelimited
opportunity to reduce disaster risk for the marginalised and
most vulnerable in tomorrow’s cities [2]. We aim to catalyse and support
a transition from crisis management to pro-poor, multi-hazard
risk-informed urban planning and people-centred decision-making in
expanding cities worldwide.

Tomorrow’s Cities is a fully-functioning, fully-funded international
collaboration of communities, governance organisations, researchers,
and risk professionals. We are developing our Phase 2 programme
planned for 2021–24, which will build on the Phase 1 research and
partnerships forged since our inception in early 2019. We seek global
partners to co-produce and implement a new approach to risk reduction,
through risk-sensitive design of tomorrow’s cities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102158
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 24 Feb 2021


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