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Equity and Resilience: Can Cities of the Future Achieve Both?

Gaffigan, Katherine (2020) Equity and Resilience: Can Cities of the Future Achieve Both? [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Gaffigan, Katherine

Within the concept of city resilience lies an opportunity to transform current systems of power and oppression that perpetuate social inequities and deny basic human rights to much of the world’s population. This research examines how current resilience practices, if left unchecked, might affect the future equity of a city’s neighbourhoods and communities by fortifying oppressive power structures and systems dominant in today’s society. It questions how we might use systems thinking and foresight tools to re-engineer processes for building resilience that supports the transition to more equitable and just cities. A design research methodology was used to explore 1) what makes a future equitable; 2) the process by which we define a term, in this case, resilience; and 3) how this definition might hold power to inform how resilience is built, distributed, and regulated in the future. The methodology consists of field observation and semi-structured subject matter expert interviews while employing foresight methods, systems analysis, and generative design research techniques to facilitate multi-stakeholder engagements. Contributions of this research include recommendations on how we might re-engineer foundational processes for building definitions of resilience that consider equity and support the building and repairing of a just city. Additionally, this study introduces a conceptual tool, Dream Capital, for adapting and designing more equitable approaches to building resilience that can aid cities in overcoming social, political, economic, and cultural inequities in the future.

Date: 26 August 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Equity, Resilience, Social Justice, Foresight, Just Futures
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 03:16
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3116

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