Urban Theme


Assoc Prof Jan Lindsay

Programme Co-Leader

University of Auckland


Prof David Johnston

Programme Co-Leader

Massey University



The urgency for future urban resilience solutions is increasing. Our urban areas are growing rapidly, with increasingly diverse populations; greater loads on our infrastructure; and increased exposure to natural hazards including the effects of climate change. In this Theme, we will extend our Auckland-centred urban resilience work from Phase 1 of the Challenge to focus on “all of New Zealand” urban resilience. We will seek evidence and solutions to address challenges and opportunities for resilience that are emerging due to population changes, technological advancements, densification of our built environment, and a growing understanding of disaster risk to our cities.

At the end of our work programme, we will have a thriving Community of Practice of urban resilience researchers and practitioners that are linked into and benefit from key international and national networks. Local and national government, communities, businesses, Māori organisations and major research programmes will be applying and adapting co-created, multi-hazard, resilience solutions for our cities.



Smart Cities

How innovative technologies and technological disruption can be harnessed for resilience

Project lead: Assoc Prof David Johnston (Massey University)


Resilient Urban Communities

How to most effectively enable our diverse communities to become advocates for resilience.

Project lead: Dr JC Gaillard (University of Auckland)


Pathways to Urban Resilience

Whether our existing hazard, risk and other resilience research is being adequately integrated into plans and policies, and through these insights, developing best practice approaches for linking our research to urban governance.

Project lead: Assoc Prof Jan Lindsay (University of Auckland)