Alberta Resilient Communities (ARC)


The project focuses on exploring how we can become more resilient in the face of increasing disaster risks and climate related risks.

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Knowledge Synthesis

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This SSHRC-funded Knowledge Synthesis project examined what we know about youth and how energy activities impact their health and well being. The project considered the question “What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on our society and our position on the world stage?” by examining children and youth’s resilience in the context of energy resource production, climate change, and the need to transition to low-carbon goods and services.

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Resilience Innovation Skills (RIS) Certificate


This Continuing Studies Professional and Applied Certificate, offered by the RbD lab in collaboration with Royal Roads University, is comprised of 8 experiential, non-credit learning labs, designed to broaden understanding, build on competencies and confidence while enhancing careers.

Each of the eight RIS Labs will be delivered face-to-face, online or in a blended format. Each lab focuses on supporting the development of competencies related to social innovation, community based research, and resource mobilization to address the complex challenges of climate change adaptation and disaster risk.

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Youth Creating Disaster Recovery (YCDR)

Youth Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience (YCDR) was a research project for youth affected by disasters. YCDR is connecting with youth in disaster-affected communities in Canada and the United States.

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SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Banff activity

Youth are among the most vulnerable to the stress of a natural disaster, and yet little is known about how they become resilient to its negative impacts, cope in the short-term, and recover in the long-term.

Of the many consequences of a natural disaster, the loss of place is one of the most devastating. Such loss may be particularly salient for young people, since they rely on place for various aspects of their development.

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Resilience Board Game

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Resilienceville is an interactive, serious board game, developed collaborative through two Masters’ student research projects with the support of the RbD research team. The board game invites players to consider how disaster vulnerability and resilience are connected to decisions made throughout the response and recovery phases of a disaster that relate to the allocation of resources, the level of cooperation amongst stakeholders and  consideration of such tings as gender and culture.

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