Upscaling Resilience

Medellín, Colombia
São Paulo, Brazil

Type: Funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) made available by the British Academy’s Cities and Infrastructure programme
Academic Research
Contract value:
Completed February 2019
Heriot-Watt University, The University of Edinburgh, Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Medellín, University of São Paulo
Hillside communities learn to mitigate landslide risks, Re.Think ( 2018)

This is a joint Heriot-Watt University/The University of Edinburgh/Universidad Nacional de Colombia/University of São Paulo project that provides an upscaling and internationalisation of the pilot undertaken in Comuna 8, Medellín through the #Resilience research. The project began on September 2017 and has 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.