Urban Disaster, Vulnerability and Displacement: Humanitarian Challenges

More than half of the world's population lives in urban areas. At the same time there is a higher occurrence of human-induced and natural urban disasters, and increasing numbers of displaced migrating to cities and towns. How can we respond more effectively to humanitarian challenges in the context of cities, informal settlements, and slums?

The Urban Humanitarian Challenges Course focuses on the hurdles faced by vulnerable populations in cities and urban settlements and examines how the humanitarian community can better respond in these complex situations and identify best strategies and practices.   

Organized jointly by Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and the Urban Studies Program, key topics include:

  • Urbanization Trends and Prospects: Global Perspective
  • Urbanization and Biopolitics: "Urban Fragility" and the Informal City
  • Urban Refugees, Misery Belts and "Bare Life"
  • Responsive Urbanism and Alternatives to Exclusion and States of Exception
  • The Right to the City: Merging into Urban Community and Economy 
  • Coordinating Response in Emergency and Urban Disaster Settings
  • Urban Disaster, Resiliency and Sustainable Development

Who Should Attend? Humanitarian practitioners involved in emergency response to disasters and crises within urban settings, as well as urban professionals including city and regional planners, government and urban policymakers, and housing and urban activists seeking to broaden their knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles, social justice, and urban crises.

Outcomes? Understanding of the potential opportunities for sustainable and resilient urban communities. Exploration and guidance on strategies at the forefront of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in cities.

For more information about the course, please visit the website or email miha@fordham.edu.