Symposium on Resilience Research for Global Development Challenges 

September 30, 9am-5pm & October 1, 9am-12pm, 2021

ENR2, University of Arizona

We will be in touch with registered participants regarding the full program details and steps we are taking to keep you safe at this in-person event on campus according to University of Arizona protocols.


The Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) International Programs is coordinating a cross-campus initiative to establish the University of Arizona as a thought leader in addressing global challenges related to resilience. We seek to mobilize University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students with experience, expertise, and interest in climate change, conflict, human rights, global health, food security, migration, water resources, and other resilience-related themes.

As a first step, we are hosting an in-person 1.5-day symposium to identify our University of Arizona community of scholars and practitioners willing to help advance knowledge to improve the lives of people around the world. The symposium provides an interactive forum for University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students to showcase their work on resilience as well as a springboard to build a community of individuals who are interested in new collaborations to pursue opportunities for research, training, and outreach related to resilience and international development.

During the event, we will address pressing problems for international development, topics in which research funding opportunities will likely manifest, and where fresh ideas are needed. These include:

  1. The compound risks from COVID-19, conflict, and climate shocks and stresses
  2. Migration in the context of multiple social and environmental shocks and stresses
  3. Climate resilient development
  4. Governance, participation, and power dynamics in resilience and international development
  5. Disaster risk reduction, recovery, and resilience
  6. Technologies and technological infrastructure for resilience (e.g., energy, water supply, market systems & transport, information & communications technologies)
  7. Resilience measurement, evaluation, and learning

Additional topics are also welcome, including those that focus on domestic challenges with implications for international development.


The first day of the symposium features a keynote plenary, a panel on global resilience research initiatives at the University of Arizona, and flash talk presentations from participants.  

The second day will include smaller workshops. Facilitators in collaboration with symposium attendees will use the time to discuss key themes and potential avenues of collaboration and influence that could be pursued beyond the symposium.




The last day to register for this event was September 24, 2021.

NOTE:As of September 21, 2021, we require additional registrants to attend the symposium remotely.

The current number of registrants exceeds the venue's capacity. We have allocated a designated overflow room with livestream video to host additional registrants who wish to attend the symposium. 

Due to limited space and COVID-19 guidelines, we can only allow a certain number of people into the rooms.

We recommend arriving to the event as early as 8:30am to secure a spot for the main plenary session. Once this room has been filled on the day, we will direct registrants to the overflow room.


We invite presenters to give shorter flash talks to introduce relevant aspects of the presenters’ research as they relate to resilience and global development challenges. The time limit for each presentation is 6-8 minutes. With these shorter presentations, symposium attendees can introduce their work and research interests related to resilience research for international development to others, while at the same time have an opportunity to learn from multiple other presenters throughout the event. 

Presenters may wish to share with the audience one research project, several research projects, or a broader body of work. We suggest presenters prepare five-seven slides with the example content listed below. Final presentation slides may be shared online following the symposium event. 

·      Introduction/title slide with author(s) listed 

·      Context of research projects, including geographic location(s) and academic discipline(s) 

·      Research question(s) and/or problem statement

·      Methods, including any relevant measurements or framings of resilience 

·      Key and/or anticipated findings, especially as they relate to resilience research and/or international development 

·      References for a broader audience & acknowledgements 


Please email Zack Guido zguido@email.arizonaledu and/or Corrie Hannah