Promoting Community Resilience to Extreme Events through Transformative Scenarios: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability Transitions

Authors: Jenniffer Santos-Hernández*, University of Puerto Rico, Génesis Álvarez Rosario, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, Ashley Méndez-Heavilin, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, Perla Rodríguez-Fernández, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Sustainability Science
Keywords: climate change, sustainability, resilience, hazards, disasters, communities, participatory mapping
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Transformative scenarios seek to serve as reflexive participatory tools through which actors generate a collective synthesis of a situation, think about what could happen, and explore what might be done and what could be their role in the situation. The process of developing scenarios also affords an opportunity to cultivate cohesive relationships among participants that can serve as a foundation to promote community resilience to extreme events. As part of the research activities of the NSF Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, our team is integrating residents to the development of transformative sustainability transitions scenarios. This presentation offers an overview of the study design and discusses proposals and strategies generated through scenario workshops with residents of San Juan. Our research highlights the importance of understanding and integrating to the design and implementation of transition policies and programs that seek to promote community resilience the multi-level structures governing different spaces within the city.

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