Urban Resilience (Summer School)

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T900021102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (spring)
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: T900021101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 17-12-2019

Duration: Intensive course

Version: Approved - active

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Urban Resilience (Summer School)

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Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

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Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Helle Gad hgad@tek.sdu.dk Uddannelsesadministration, Team 2 - Idræt og Sundhed, Folkesundhedsvidenskab, Den Sundhedsfaglige Supplerings- og Kandidatudd., Den Tekniske Fakultetsadministration
Martin Haselbach maha@iti.sdu.dk Institut for Teknologi og Innovation , SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering


Name Email Department City
Katarzyna Alicja Wieszczeczynska kawi@iti.sdu.dk Institut for Teknologi og Innovation , SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering
Nicola Tollin nto@iti.sdu.dk Institut for Teknologi og Innovation , SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering

Programme Secretary

Name Email Department City
Karen Hempler Andreasen karn@tek.sdu.dk TEK Studieadministration, Den Tekniske Fakultetsadministration

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Summer school (spring)


Intensive course

Mandatory prerequisites

The summer school welcomes students with different disciplinary backgrounds with completed of at least two academic years in the fields of engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, economic, and social sciences.

Recommended prerequisites

Students should be interested in or curious about climate adaptation and mitigation, energy, food sector, health sector, as well as cross-disciplinary learning. 

Learning objectives - Knowledge

  • The basis of urban resilience science, and the development of resilience research in different disciplinary contexts.
  • International policies (Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction).
  • National policies regarding climate adaptation and mitigation, including urban content of Nationally Determined Contributions and urban aspects of National Adaptations Plan and Policies.
  • Urban resilience practices with specific case studies from cities world-wide, including strategic plans, action plans, and technological solutions.

Learning objectives - Skills

  • Systems thinking
  • Stakeholders analysis, mapping of socio-environmental-physical elements of a system with understanding and mapping interdependencies and interrelations,
  • Analysing current future trends and drivers, at local and global level, defining the most realistic future scenarios,
  • Defining the key elements and principles that constitute the best desirable futures
  • Identify and describe transition milestones from the future to the present (defined the most desirable and realistic future)
  • Identify the necessary resources and capacity in order to understanding how to manage the whole process of transition from one milestone to another, from present to future.
  • Develop and identify a set of actions, design options and frame conditions, as: technologies, finance, policies options that can lead the transition in a systemic way.

Learning objectives - Competences

Competencies to develop informed policies, strategies, plans and solutions for urban resilience.


Cities as facing major global challenges such as: unsustainable development patterns, rapid and unplanned urbanization, climate change mitigation and adaptation. At the same time Cities are also major centres of economic activity, social life and culture, innovation and knowledge-creation. 
Urban resilience aims at increasing the ability of urban systems, to respond systemically and dynamically to present and future shock and stresses related to the major global challenges. 
Urban resilience is instrumental to address both causes and effects of these mayor global challenges, rethinking the way in which cities are designed, planned and managed, at the same time fostering innovation. 
The scientific research on urban resilience has been exponentially growing in the last decade, parallelly a growing number of cities worldwide started developing resilience related plans and actions, following the recommendations and prescriptions national and international policies international policies, as: Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. 
The key challenge for urban resilience is to co-develop and harmonize scientific and practice led knowledge to support informed and science-based decision and policy making, to enable our cities to evolve and innovate. 

Course main objective
The summer school aims at providing the participants with the latest knowledge on urban resilience research, practice and policies through lectures; and to co-develop their skills and knowledge on planning for urban resilience using Odense’s real-life experience and challenges as a living laboratory, through a problem-based workshops.
The summer school goal is to bring together multi-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives, from science and practice, on the different global and local challenges faced by cities, and to provide a process design methodology and the necessary skills to developed informed policies, strategies, plans and solutions for urban resilience.

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Teaching Method

The course is conceived as a highly engaging activity, where students will develop a Resilience plan for Odense.
Multiple form of instructions will be involved: 
  • Sites visit to climate adaptation and resilience solutions in Odense,
  • Lectures, 
  • Workshops with process design methodology, 
  • Supervision of group based-workshop in regard to developing Resilience Plan,
  • Final review on the Resilience Plan and output with invited guests.
The lectures will provide an overview on major international policies in relation to urban resilience (Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction), key practices worldwide including those developed in the frame of major international organizations (e.g. UNFCCC Secretariat, UNDRR, UNESCO, UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Program, ICLEI, WWF), and the latest developments and perspectives for research.
The lectures will also address key cross sectorial and thematic issues, including: multi-level governance, finance, generation of co-benefits, nature-based solutions, appropriate technology, participatory processes and stakeholder’s involvement, urban metabolism, circular economy, planning and design.

The workshop will give the opportunity to the participants to engage, through group work, with real-life problems and challenges faced by the city of Odense, and to develop a strategic and action plan following a process design methodology, that includes specific methods as system analysis, forecasting, vision and backcasting of future scenarios, monitoring and evaluation.

Time of classes: 2 weeks in August.

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Examination condition:
Participating in class (80 %)

Examination: The grade is meant to reflect involvement in the course. The evaluation will be based on all the aspects of the course, including: learning from the site visits, understanding the content of the lectures and transferring it into the workshop – developing Resilience Plan, participating actively to group and team work, documenting Resilience plan steps, presenting and discussing Resilience plan.

Form of examination

Written exam


Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


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Additional information

The enrollment is limited to 15 students. 

If more applicants than places, applicants who meet the mandatory requirements are prioritised according to the below selection criteria:
  • International applicants (bachelor level, third year or higher)
    • Exchange students (partner universities)
    • Guest students
  • International applicants (master level) 
    • Exchange students (partner universities) 
    • Guest students 
  • Applicants from other Danish educational institution (bachelor level) 
  • Applicants from other Danish educational institution (master level)
  • International applicants (PhD level) 
    • Exchange students (partner universities)
    • Guest students 
  • Applicants not enrolled on an educational institution 
  • Other students

Note: Applicants from engineering or natural sciences will take priority. If remaining places, applicants with another academic background will be assessed according to the same selection criteria. 

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