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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. Nowhere are these risks higher than in large conurbations where several types of natural and environmental disasters can coincide, like in Mexico City.

Our vision is: 1) to significantly improve resilience of urban environment by creating resilience modelling and analysis framework, using Mexico City as a living lab and experimental evidence base; and 2) to embed resilience risk management into this framework for more equitable development for poor and marginalised 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 natural and environmental hazards built into the model will be enacted as scenarios of risks, enabling pre-emptive resilience design interventions to be evaluated and ‘pressure tested’. 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.

This project area has emerged from collaboration between IFC, Prof Ljubomir Jankovic at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and Prof Edgar Ramirez at CIDE (Mexico). A grant application has been submitted to ESRC for funding, but we would welcome collaboration with other partners to extend this research.