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Creating Resilient Cities

Exchange programme

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 might be 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’

City Resilience Framework, April 2014 (Updated December 2015) | 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. 

Three projects will be selected and you will be able to select the project of your preference:

  1. Built 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.

  2. Multi-perspective context

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

  3. Professional development

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

Your profile

We are looking for students that are resourceful, communicative, take initiative, and are curious and critical. You can apply your own perspective, cultivated as a student of your particular discipline, and find the connection to other professional disciplines in order to work on complex research issues. From a broad theoretical framework, taking into consideration a wide array of stakeholders and interests, you are able to come up with tangible and specific solutions. If you get enthusiastic about this, please apply!

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme structure

A view of the study programme

The programme at a glance

During this programme you learn to:

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

This programme demands a pro-active, self-steering attitude. You will be given lectures about resilience theory, research methods,  project specific content and working in an international  and multidisciplinary context. You will also be coached to deepen knowledge yourself.

With your group you will organize a Recilience cafes (invite speakers and visitors) and with all the participants of the programme you will organize a symposium about the outcome of your research.


Courses in the exchange programme

During this programme you will start by learning about resilience theory in a wide context. Afterwards you will translate this wide perspective to a practical project and your own field of expertise. This project forms the heart of the program and during this project you will do comparative research in Rotterdam and a city abroad. Several courses will help you to do so.

The course Comparative research will help you to write a research plan for your research.

Project specific content will help you to deepen your knowledge about the content of the project. Comparative research methods will help you to structure your research and to find methods you can apply during your research.

Working in a multi-perspective context will help to work as a team with your fellow students.

Facilitating change will help you to build a professional network and to develop yourself as a professional by actively seeking new knowledge (Recilience cafes) and sharing the knowledge you have gained ( during the symposium).



An indication of the subjects you can expect


The programme will be given at one of these locations

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