Innovation | Solutions | Partnerships
Tackling today’s global societal challenges requires resilience, especially in the delta regions, which are home to more than two-thirds of the world’s largest cities and are at risk from rising sea levels owing to their geographical location. Within Resilient Delta we work in an interdisciplinary way in the academic field, collaborating with societal partners to design resilience solutions in the real-world dynamics of our living lab, the Rotterdam delta.
Mission and vision
Resilient Delta’s mission is to design resilience solutions in the Rotterdam delta and to implement these solutions around the globe. Our aim is to develop an integrated approach to addressing the major societal issues that the Rotterdam region is increasingly confronted with, such as rising sea levels, poverty and inequality, air pollution, population density and major technological changes.
The Resilient Delta Initiative aims to be a pioneer in designing solutions to the pressing societal issues related to the big transitions of our time. The convergence between the institutions involved, with their close physical proximity and complementary expertise, will allow for long-term resilience solutions for the urban problems and challenging geographical context of the delta.
We strive for solutions to global challenges in urban deltas
What are the trends, shocks and stresses and considered interventions in particular elements of the urban delta system, and how are these interrelated?
How do multifaceted problems lead to increasing social inequalities within and across generations, and how can interventions contribute to an equal quality of living?
How to deal with the uncertainties and changing conditions like climate change, social responsibility and the rapid emergence of new digitisation technologies, to transition the port into its future leading roles.
How to make scientists work together from different disciplines. How to integrate knowledge from non-academic partners.
Through public-private partnerships, the Universities work together with governmental authorities, companies and organisations from civil society to make sure that innovations are being implemented with the right governance and business conditions to flourish.
With its focus on real-life challenges in the Rotterdam delta region, combined with an interdisciplinary approach, the Resilient Delta educational programme will be uniquely positioned to educate our students to become the professionals of the next generation.