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Sandra Biskupovic, PhD student at the University of Waterloo, is researching the complex topic of critical infrastructure resilience in the context of climate change. Sandra is interested in identifying and establishing effective multi-level governance arrangements which would effectively reduce the societal impacts which occur when critical infrastructure is disrupted because of extreme weather and natural disasters.

The Flood Resilience Challenge © serious game is continuing to pick up momentum even after Dr. Evalyna Bogdan completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo (2019-2021). The goal of the FRC game is to strengthen stakeholder capacity for collective decision-making and was part of Dr. Bogdan’s postdoctoral research on Building Capacity for Difficult Conversations on Flood Risk Management in Canada’s Communities.

Shaieree Cottar is a PhD Student in the department of Geography and Environmental Management. She is researching the emergent role of property buyouts as a climate adaptation tool in Canadian municipalities. Her work intersects the areas of climate policy, disaster risk reduction and managed retreat.

Andrea Minano, PhD Candidate in Geography, is researching how cross-sectoral collaboration in data management could strengthen flood resiliency in Canada. Andrea is interested in reducing and managing the "flood insurance gap" in Canada—a proportion of residential properties that are exposed to flooding and cannot find flood insurance protection.

How do we protect New York City’s critical infrastructure systems from inundation? This question prompted New York City (NYC) authorities to consider flexible adaptation strategies, infrastructure investments and policy solutions to promote the benefits of ‘protect’ and ‘accommodate’ measures against future sea level rise (SLR), extreme precipitation, coastal flooding and storm surge events.

On June 25th 2020, the Climigration Network Learning Community hosted a learning session on building long term climate resilience through the use of planned retreat as a climate change adaptation strategy. This webinar brought together leading experts from the University of Waterloo, Gevity Consulting Inc.