Impact of University engagement on environmental resilience of urban spaces in Asia and Africa

Argamosa, Felipe Ronald and Azizi, Nematollah and Burnside, Neil and Houston, Muir and van Rensberg, Nickey Janse and Ketuly, Kamal Aziz and Mohammed, Sizar Abid and Moshi, Heriel and Nherera, Charles (2020) Impact of University engagement on environmental resilience of urban spaces in Asia and Africa. Preprint / Working Paper. Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia (SUEUA), Glasgow. (

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By 2030 most of the globes inhabitants will be living with cities. It is therefore important that cities are resilient to sustenance and energy challenge in the face of increasing demands from population expansion and increasing environmental variability and uncertainty brought about by intensifying climate change. The Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) project aims to enhance university engagement capacity in this context and optimise engagement strategy to maximise impact in urban areas. We use the term 'environmental resilience' to encapsulate both energy and sustenance challenges. We believe these must be tackled in a holistic manner as there are intimate links between the production and usage of energy, food and water and consequent generation and disposal of waste. This paper focuses on the experiences and vision of SUEUAA partners in Johannesburg (South Africa), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Duhok (Iraq), Sanandaj (Iran), and Manila (Philippines), so it encapsulates views and solutions for engagement strategies on several environmental challenges facing cities in very different climatic situations.