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Creating Resilient Cities

Do you want to contribute to a more resilient built environment and society? Would you like to work with Dutch and foreign students from different professional disciplines? Do you want to do comparative research in Rotterdam and another city in the world? Then this is the programme for you.

‘City resilience describes the capacity of cities to function, so that the people living and working in cities – particularly the poor and vulnerable – survive and thrive no matter what stresses or shocks they encounter’. (source: City Resilience Framework, April 2014 (Updated December 2015) by the Rockefeller Foundation)

  • 100 Resilient Cities
During this programme you will work with the resilience strategy of the city of Rotterdam and the Framework of the Rockefeller foundation to do comparative research about a project in Rotterdam and in one of the other 100 resilient cities. ( )

  • Comparative research and working abroad
Every project in Rotterdam is linked to a project abroad with a similar focus. By comparing the projects in the two cities you will create knowledge and will contribute to knowledge exchange within this network.
You will work on a project that best suits your professional interest.
  • Build environment
This programme focuses on the built environment which contains the professional domains of; architecture and building engineering, civil engineering, water management, urban and regional planning, facility management, logistics and economy and real estate management.
You will work in an international and multidisciplinary team. A different context and different culture calls for a different solution. A different mindset. Working in an international context helps you to broaden your horizon, to become more flexible, creative and open to new ideas.

  • Mutiperspective-context
You will work in an international and multidisciplinary team. A different context and different culture calls for a different solution. A different mindset. Working in an international context helps you to broaden your horizon, to become more flexible, creative and open to new ideas.

  • Professional development
You will develop your professional identity by building your own network and pro-actively acquiring new knowledge.

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During this programme you learn to:

  1. Applying acquired knowledge on resilience into a practical research project
  2. Be a critical and creative researcher by doing comparative research about a resiliency theme linked to your own field of expertise.
  3. Work together in a multi-perspective context (International, intercultural and multidisciplinary)
  4. Develop your professional identity by taking control of your own learning process

Aanvullende informatie

Students should be aware that there will be additional costs for the obliged stay abroad for the two week pressure cooker. Travel expenses and coasts for residence abroad are estimated at 450-650 euros.


- You have obtained a minimum of 90 credit points from the main phase of your study programme. 
- Maximum 15 credits behind schedule in semester 3 and 4
- You have successfully completed your internship
- Required knowledge, three years of bachelor studies in a related field (Energy and Environment).
- Participants are international students and Dutch students in their 4th year.
- The programme requires a good (written and oral) command of English as all classes are conducted in this language.



Course name + EC (credits) Description

Resilience theory
3 ec

The minor starts with a broad theoretical base on resilience in which students will be offered theory on the resilience framework of the Rockefeller foundation and the resilience strategy of the city of Rotterdam. They will be introduced to multiple theories on resilience and resilient cities, such as Jabereen. They will search for alternative theories and narrow them down to what is applicable to their own research project.

Students will debate about resilience and write a position paper

Applied research project

15 ec

The applied research project is the heart of the minor and runs throughout the semester. Students will work with a client on a resilience issue in Rotterdam. The exact research question will be formulated by the students themselves, after consultation with the client and the lecturer, and must have a clear connection to the student’s expertise as well as being linked to the resilience framework.

Different research issues will have a different accents so students can use their own professional focus. After working on a project in Rotterdam the students will work with one of the partner cities in the 100 resilient cities network on a project with a similar topic. The research in the partner city will take place on site in the shape of a two week pressure cooker. Students will compare both cases and thus generate knowledge within the network of 100 resilient cities.

Project specific content

3 ec

Next to the broad theoretical framework on resilience, students will acquire project specific content and theory. Students will be challenged to look at the project from their own professional perspective and build a theoretical framework specific to the content of their research project cases.

Comparative applied research

2 ec

This training helps students to acquire theory on doing comparative and practical research to give them a head start for writing their research plan and to prepare them for doing comparative research both in Rotterdam and abroad.

Working in a multi- perspective context

3 ec

Students will be well prepared to cooperate in an international and intercultural context and in a multidisciplinary team. They will be offered theory, literature and training to be able to indicate and deal with emerging problems in cooperation. This course will also encompass (individual) coaching.

Proffesional identity

4 ec

Students will be coached to develop their professional identity. You will learn how to pro-actively deepen knowledge by organizing a ‘Studium generale’.

You will build a professional network and share your findings at the end of the program during a symposium that is organized by the students that participate in the program themselves. You will organize relevant speakers and invite relevant partners to share the knowledge they gained during the minor program.


Indicative literature Resilience

-       City Resilience Framework, April 2014 (Updated December 2015) by the Rockefeller Foundation  
-       Rotterdam resilience strategy, ready for the 21st century, April 2016

-       City Resilience Index, ARUP & Rockefeller Foundation:

-       Resilient Europe Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies Recommendations to the European Commission developed by the Advisory Group on Societal Challenge 6 Final version 1.0, 2014-07-21



-       Planning the resilient city: Concepts and strategies for coping with climate change and environmental risk. Jabareen, Y. (2012). Retrieved from

-       Urban challenges, resilient solutions, design thinking for the future of urban regions, 3 oktober 2017

-       Future urban regions 
Trancity*valiz, supported by creatieve industries fund nl and EFL stichting.


Intercultural cooperation

Intercultural sensitivity, from denial to intercultural competence
Auteur: Carlos Nunez Raya Nunez-Mahdi
Co-auteur: L. Popma Laura Popma
Engelstalig, ISBN 9789023255550, maart 2017

Vergelijkend onderzoek
- Introduction Research Methods, by Catherine Dawson (ISBN: 9781845283674)


De minor gaat van start in september en februari. De duur van de minor is een half jaar, en beslaat twee onderwijsperiodes.