Resilient Cities and People

How do citizens and the government manage changes in large urban areas? Who in fact 'makes' the city and when and where do we see this in practice?

What does this research involve?

We investigate how residents deal with changes in their environment. The aim of this research project is for stakeholders to gain understanding of civic initiatives and to use them to realize changes.


Theme Leads

  • Jan Fransen

    Jan Fransen (PhD and MA in Development Studies) is an expert on urban economic development and resilience at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). He is a visiting researcher on urban resilience at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS). Jan has over 25 years of experience in small business development, smart cities, resilient communities, poverty reduction and innovation in emerging economies.


  • Brian P. Godor

    Dr. Brian P. Godor has more than 15 years of teacher development experience. His research focuses on teachers’ competencies for gifted children as well as resiliency in adolescents. He currently leads an Erasmus+ project with five major European football clubs to develop their social programs to include resiliency and life skills trainings within this activities.


Challenges of being a social impact researcher

The goal is to generate impact through research and co-creation: together with citizens, social entrepreneurs and policy makers.

Studio Erasmus - Brian Godor over de effectiviteit van maatschappelijke programma’s bij voetbalclubs

Dr. Brian Godor talks about the Fairplay / Feyenoord project which investigates the social impact of football and how it can make youths more resilient.

Resilient people form the heart of every vibrant city. The basic building blocks of resiliency such as optimism, community relatedness, and emotional regulation can aid adolescents in reaching their full potential.

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