PhD alumnus selected for The Resilience Academy

Vivek Prasad, a PhD graduate of and adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Science & Policy, has been selected for the first two Resilience Academy sessions, to be held in Bangladesh (2013) and Munich (2014). The theme for Resilience Academy 2013 is: exploring livelihood resilience.  This first Resilience Academy will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 16-21 September, 2013.

The Resilience Academy is organized in cooperation by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the Munich Re Foundation (MRF).

(Description from the PDF flyer)

The Resilience Academy:
In the most vulnerable regions of our planet, the impacts of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts threaten lives and livelihoods. The most affected regions include large deltas, small islands, and exposed coastal regions, as well as arid and semiarid lands, and areas affected by glacier and permafrost melt. People on the frontlines of climate change, in many cases, will face aggravated baseline risks, extremes and slow-onset effects, which include coastal inundation, catastrophic floods, and extended drought conditions. These stresses have the potential to render spaces effectively unproductive and uninhabitable. A central question for practice, policy, and research revolves around the resilience of peoples whose livelihoods systems and settlements are threatened by these overwhelming extremes. The Resilience Academy will provide a platform for connecting communities of expertise (early phase practitioners, academics, and policy analysts), examining livelihood resilience in the face of local and regional realities, and co-creating concepts to foster resilience.

Five years of South-South-North collaboration in the Resilience Academy:
Five Resilience Academies are planned, alternately in Bangladesh and Germany. There first four Academies form two pairs. One cohort of participants will attend the first and second Academy; a second cohort will attend the third and fourth Academy. Each set of Academies will be held once in the South, in Bangladesh near Dhaka, and once in the
North, near Munich in Germany. This gives participants a chance to change perspectives. The fifth and final Academy will bring the two cohorts together. In each cohort, the participants will begin projects in the first year, and bring them into the second year. Together with the fifth event, this model will give the participants the opportunity to deepen
their individual competence as well as strengthen their network.



Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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