Over the 5th and 6th February, the Universities of Warwick and São Paolo, Brazil, collaborated for the 2nd Workshop of the UK-Brazil Interdisciplinary Research Network on Urban Resilience Data.
Conversing via a video conference, representatives from both Universities shared their research across a range of disciplines. Academics and PhD students presented on Healthy Urban Environments, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Citizen Engagement & Participatory Governance, and enjoyed discussions on future international collaborations.
While WISC’s Co-Director, Dr João Porto de Albuquerque, led the event, several CDT students were able to present their research; Vikki Houlden reported on the association between urban greenspace and mental wellbeing, Vangelis Pitidis discussed how resilience policies influence disaster risk governance, and Philipp Ulbrich introduced his work on data practices and adaptive governance.
The aim of these activities was to strengthen research collaboration between the University of Warwick and three Brazilian partner universities: University of São Paolo (USP), Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGVEAESP), and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), building upon and extending a past successful project, UK-Brazil Collaboration on Leveraging Crowdsourced and Sensor Data to Support Decision-Making towards Urban Resilience, funded by the EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Award. This network is designed to foster these international collaborations to develop interdisciplinary methods, to make sense of new sources of data to improve urban resilience.
This interdisciplinary network includes academics, early-career researchers, and students from several disciplinary backgrounds, such as computer science, engineering, social sciences, and the arts and humanities, as well as stakeholders from governmental organisations in Brazil and the UK.
Words by Vikki Houlden
This activity, through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Science and Progress, Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities is supported by a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant number: EP/L016400/1