In a series of SUEUAA working papers, the team will focus on overarching themes (environment, policy, gender, migration, and the economy), and show the similarities and differences across the different study cities in terms of the capacity of the University to respond to these city-wide issues. The second paper focuses on the role of Universities in environmental resilience in cities. 

Each working paper is a collaborative process, and is co-authored by academics in at least three cities.The first paper is co-authored by Neil Burnside (University of Glasgow), Nickey Janse van Rensberg (University of Johannesburg), Heriel Moshi (University of Dar-es-Salaam), Kamal Ketuly and Sizar Abid Mohammad (University of Duhok), Nematollah Azizi (University of Kurdistan), and Felipe Ronald Argamosa (Technological University of the Philippines). 

Title: Impact of University engagement on environmental resilience of urban spaces in Asia and Africa

Abstract: By 2030 most of the globes inhabitants will be living with cities. It is therefore important that cities are resilient to sustenance and energy challenge in the face of increasing demands from population expansion and increasing environmental variability and uncertainty brought about by intensifying climate change. The Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) project aims to enhance university engagement capacity in this context and optimise engagement strategy to maximise impact in urban areas. We use the term ‘environmental resilience’ to encapsulate both energy and sustenance challenges. We believe these must be tackled in a holistic manner as there are intimate links between the production and usage of energy, food and water and consequent generation and disposal of waste. This paper focuses on the experiences and vision of SUEUAA partners in Johannesburg (South Africa), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Duhok (Iraq), Sanandaj (Iran), and Manila (Philippines), so it encapsulates views and solutions for engagement strategies on several environmental challenges facing cities in very different climatic situations.  

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