Our Story

The Resilience by Design (RbD) Lab at Royal Roads University rests on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) families, now known as Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

RbD works with youth and working professionals to create leaders and changemakers to imagine new opportunities for climate action. RbD draws on the engagement of the arts, storytelling, and social innovation to germinate partnerships and ideas for a climate-resilient future.


The interdisciplinary RbD team is committed to working with youth on applied, participatory research to address the complex and interwoven problems of natural disasters, climate change, and conflict. Projects combine capacity building with a range of research methods, such as arts-based, participatory videos, digital storytelling, and surveys. RbD believes in the potential of young people, especially as leaders of resilience and change.

What We Do

Inspiring Innovation

Innovation requires a deep understanding of past, present and future relevant issues. The RbD Lab creates focus groups to inspire ideas that respect history, mitigate current challenges, and seed climate adaptation ideas for the future.

Weaving Connections

The RbD Lab weaves the fabric of social change by connecting youth, working professionals and academia to share knowledge, ideas, research, and experiences on climate change adaptation across multiple sectors.

Seeding Change

The RbD Lab creates fertile intellectual ground for seeding change by inspiring innovation, connecting individuals across generations, exchanging ideas between disciplines and providing open access to resources.