The Urban Risk Center (URC) is a Florida State University initiative, located in Panama with a regional focus, whose primary objective is to bridge different sectors of society (government, civil society organizations, communities, the private sector, and academia) to foster urban risk analysis to advance urban sustainability and resilience. URC defines urban risk as one engendered by natural, anthropogenic, technological and complex hazards affecting the welfare of the urban population. While this is a broad definition, the Center’s initial emphasis stems from an Urban Disaster Risk Reduction framework.
URC’s interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach abides by the terms of the following global accords and frameworks: i). UN Sustainable Development Goals; ii). Paris agreement; iii). New Urban Agenda from Habitat III; and iv). Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Center will engage in a series of activities through four components, which are listed below:
Thematic scope within research themes
Considering the interdisciplinary focus of the URC, the following research topics are considered central to the advancement of its mission. These themes will often straddle more than one track.
Additional approaches /strategies to urban risk reduction are:
The Center aims at working with diverse stakeholders, which include community organizations, local and national organizations (both governmental and non-governmental), international development agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The URC recognizes a stakeholder as any person, entity, or community participating in the Center’s sponsored activities as partners, researchers, and project sponsors.