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Creating Resilient Cities

Cities worldwide are developing interventions and strategies to cope with challenges like climate change, social inequality and economic insecurity. Making cities more resilient towards such challenges while also addressing their root causes, is the focus of the minor Creating Resilient Cities. Are you interested in urban development? Do you aspire to contribute to making cities more resilient? Are you interested collaborating in an international and multidisciplinary team? Do you enjoy developing new solutions through research and international comparison? If the answer to these questions is YES, join the minor Creating Resilient Cities!


During the minor you learn to contribute to making cities more resilient by developing an applicable solution through comparative applied research in an international and multidisciplinary team. In order to increase the relevancy and usability of the solution you aim to develop, you will collaborate with professional and academic partners in Rotterdam and the partner city abroad.

While working on your research project you will:

  • Gain deeper understanding of resilience
  • Learn to approach a resilience challenge from the perspective of your own profession
  • Develop the capacity to design a solution through multidisciplinary and international collaboration
  • Learn to share results through joint learning and co-creation

Three competencies are key making cities more resilient:
1. The critical and creative researcher
2. The team player in multi-perspective context
3. The self-steering professional

You will develop skills related to these competencies by attending lectures, participating in workshops and review sessions, conduct fieldwork in Rotterdam and a partner city abroad and steering your own learning process. Several modules (courses) will support you in acquiring skills related to these three competencies:

Resilience Theory 1 & 2
Introduction to a diversity of resilience theories and strategies through lecturers, guest lectures, excursions debates and literature study. You are challenged to determine your own position within the different theoretical debates and choose direction for your own research project.

Creating Resilient Cities Project 1 & 2
The research project runs through the semester and is the heart of the minor. It invites you to develop an applicable solution for a resilience related challenge through comparative applied research, fieldwork in Rotterdam and a pressure cooker in the partner city abroad. While the first part focuses on understanding the assignment and preparing the research, the second part is dedicated to fieldwork in Rotterdam and abroad. During the final week weeks you will share the results with your clients in Rotterdam and abroad.

Working in a multi-perspective context
The research project is done in international and multidisciplinary teams. This module encourages you in using diversity within your team to increase the quality and applicability of the solution through lectures on individual, cultural and organization differences, role plays, peer review sessions and coaching.

Facilitating Change
Creating Resilient Cities invites us to go beyond business-as-usual approaches but think out-of-the-box and come up with innovative solutions. As solutions are not yet at hand, learning is key to the process of finding solutions for resiliency related challenges. During this module you will develop your capacity to use learning as a strategy for problem solving by setting the agenda for your own professional development, working on your personal learning goals and organizing knowledge exchange events.

Aanvullende informatie

Additional information
As this is an international minor the language of communication is English
Study weight: 30 EC, fulltime
Supervised hours per week (average): 14 in term 1, 13 in term 2

Janneska Spoelman,

Note: Due to Covid-19 we are compelled to make temporary adaptations to the programme: The international component of the programme will be reduced: - During spring semester 2021 this programme will only welcome students who are already enrolled in a Dutch university. Foreign students will not participate this spring. - The field trip abroad will not take place during spring semester 2021. Instead we will offer a pressure cooker on location in Rotterdam or online, depending on the situation regarding Covid-19. - there will be no or minimal collaboration with universities abroad. Depending on the situation this spring, the programme will be offered online only or in a hybrid setup with online classes and classes on location.


Entry requirements
  • Required knowledge: three years of bachelor studies in a field related to the built environment and / or urban development (e.g. architecture, water management, spatial development, civil engineering, facility management, environmental management, circular economy, climate & management)
  • Maximum 15 credits behind in the main phase of your study
  • You have successfully completed your internship
  • Good (written and oral) command of English


  • Individual and group assignments, both written and visual
  • Organization of and participation in knowledge sharing events
  • Oral portfolio assessment


Articles, relevant websites and / or book chapters will be made available on the electronic learning environment of the minor. This includes sources like:



The minor runs through 2 semesters, starting on 01-09-2020 and finishing on 05-02-2021.