The Urban Resilience Initiative at Stanford is a multi-disciplinary network of innovators focused on research and design of technologies that will meaningfully improve the resilience of communities to natural disasters. We work at the intersection of natural sciences, statistics, engineering and policy in order to tackle one of the major global challenge of the next century: how will we ensure that our human environments–increasingly urban, complex, interconnected–cope with and even thrive in the face of natural perils?
The Urban Resilience Initiative is a space to innovate and explore new ideas in hazard analysis, geospatial modeling, engineering design and policy analysis for risk reduction. Our faculty and researchers offer a broad range of courses in order to train the next generation of students in this inter-disciplinary field. Students are heavily involved in research, working with both faculty and external partners in order to link cutting-edge research with the real-world challenges of disaster risk reduction.