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Help us shape the future of cities…

A consistent message we come across in cities around the world is that in order to release the opportunities and potential in future cities, there is a need for more collaborative working, bringing together different specialists, practitioners and academics, city officials and citizens.

At the Institute we value collaboration, and all of our projects involve several disciplines and stakeholders. We are keen to continue to engage with new partners globally, so if you have an idea you would like to discuss with us, a challenge which you would like to help resolve, or an opportunity which you would wish to develop, please get in touch.

And some exciting opportunities which we see emerging include:

African cities research network

Building on our partnerships within Africa, we are keen to engagge with other academic and commercial partners to help create a research network exploring African cities. The focus will be on a ‘holistic’ approach to undertaking urban research, knitting together insights from sector-focussed research on problems such as energy, pollution, or transport. Viewing the cities as ‘ecoystems’, the emphasis is on how underlying political economy factors can link together a series of problems.

Female entrepreneurship and improving informal settlements

Female entrepreneurship is contributing significantly to the economic growth and creation of jobs in developed and developing nations. Most of female entrepreneurs in developed and developing countries face obstacles and barriers when they are starting their own business including their roles within the family and household. Building on current research in Egypt on the constraining role of water provision, IFC is keen to explore how small scale, off-grid infrastructure interventions can assist to release female entrepreneurship.

Enhancing equitable urban resilience

Heat waves, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes are some of the most frequent natural or environmental disasters that kill and displace thousands of people every year and further marginalise poor population. Unlike previous attempts to measure individual aspects of resilience in a piecemeal manner we are keen to take a bottom-up approach to modelling interactions between natural and environmental risks, urban environment and population.  The results will facilitate strategic investment and policy development in Mexico City, and will become a blueprint for scaling up multidimensional approach to enhancing equitable urban resilience across other Mexican cities and beyond.

 

Further details on where we are looking to collaborate you can contact us:

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