Upscaling Resilience

Co-Production of Landslide Risk Management Strategies Through Development of Community-Based Infrastructure in Latin American Cities

Completed February 2019

São Paulo & Medellín

Type: Academic Research
Client: Funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) made available by the British Academy’s Cities and Infrastructure programme                                          Contract value: £295K                                                 Completion: Completed February 2019                Collaboration: Heriot-Watt University, The University of Edinburgh, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and  University of São Paulo

This project provides an upscaling and internationalisation of the pilot undertaken in Comuna 8, Medellín through the #Resilience research. The project began on September 2017 and had a duration of 16 months.

The project #Upscaling Resilience aims to explore the scope for upscaling and transnational transfer of participatory landslide risk-reducing strategies for informal settlements in Latin America. Drawing on lessons from a pilot experience in a single small informal settlement in Medellin, Colombia, this project will roll out and evaluate the use of community-based participatory monitoring and mitigation of landslide risk across the city in Medellin, as well as in another city within a different Latin American country – São Paulo in Brazil.

The overall aim is to develop bottom-up approaches to dealing with landslide risks in cities around the Global South, in a way that optimises the collaboration between communities and relevant governmental bodies, as well as the collaborative use of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ infrastructures.