About us

This new International Master Degree aims to become the reference for introducing an innovative, newly integrated and multi-perspective approach in framing and implementing urban resilience and sustainability.
The International Master Degree in City Resilience Design and Management was conceived by the Urban Resilience research Net (URNet) and partners, and is hosted by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), in Barcelona.

Who are we?

Urban Resilience Research Network

URNet is the most prestigious global network in urban resilience research, with over 450 scholars sprawled across more than 50 countries. The aim of this network is to support researchers in dealing with the complexity of framing and operationalising urban resilience, avoiding its increasingly mainstream simplistic or metaphorical use. Since almost a decade, URNet members have been shaping urban resilience definitions, theories and practices through their papers, books, reports and consultancy acticities. The network members address almost every resilience perspective and have international and locals partners through which working and collaborating. The first of the triennial cycle of Global Conferences title “Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation” was organized in 2018 by the URNet, which is co-organizing workshops and event internationally. Students will meet some of the core Scientific Committee URNet members, and work closely to the Executive Board members while exploring resilience perspectives and becoming part of this global community of practice.

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Our program is hosted by The International University of Catalonia (UIC) School of Architecture. Most lectures will be held at the UIC Sarria Building but Barcelona itself will serve as a case study, and many presentations and working session could be done at the Municipality, different city districts, or online. UIC Barcelona is one of the most  International universities in Barcelona, placed few subways stops from the very city centre and hosting students coming from all over the world because offering them a customized support and education with a global perspective. To this regard, UIC is offering to this master an efficent virtual dashboard, were students can have online classes (when not in Barcelona) or tutorships. We like to maximize the use of these digital tools in order to reduce carbon emissions (prioritizing online teaching over making all professors flying) and allowing students tolearn and collaborate independently by where they wish to be (in Barcelona, or in their cities). Furthermore, UIC Virtual Dashboard allows us to record many seminars, classes and debates, sharing them among us (within the ALUMNI private page). Also, students will be allowed to freely take part virtually (or access the recording) to future classes, in order to promote and maximize the “continuous learning process”.

Urban Climate Change Research Network Education

UCCRN is the global leading network on urban climate research, involving more than 1000 members in the organization of workshops and database and reports on the state of the art of climate mitigation and adaptation in cities.
UCCRN is a partner organization of URNet (broader in scope respect to resilience) and in this master the collaboration is framed through an Erasmus+ cooperation partnership invoving other 12 world-leading Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Through this cooperation, UCCRN Edu offers our master students the opportunity to assist to some classes from syster masters from the consortium, and also award them up to 4 fellowships a year to attend 2 international 7 days workshops in European cities. These workshops and classes are propedeutic for the understanding of an internationally agreed scientific and professional design method for planning and implementing solutions toward climate resilience in cities.

Community of Practice - Urban Resilience Dialogue

This international community of practice (CoP) was born just few years ago, but suddently reached hundreds of members and it is now present in more than 20 countries. It is a global community of urban resilience professionals and practitioners sharing their knowledge and experiences, and having the goals to facilitate peer learning and dissemination of practices.
CoP promote learning, dissemination and also mutual professional supports among its members through what called resilience dialogues, working in topical groups, regular learning workshops, mentoring, regional hubs and collaborative projects. All these activities are enabled by an online exchange platform, on Slack, and promoted through Podcast and a blog, in which master students participate. In particular, this CoP collaboration with the master consists in orientating students through the course “news and career path” (see program), discussing career opportunities and introducing to students the main actors working in resilience globally. It is indeed one of the best way of linking theory and practice, courses with real word working opportunities.