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Measuring resilience for coastal adaptation


Leveraging a unique partnership with UNDP, this interdisciplinary project, drawing on the Co-­PI’s backgrounds in international development, adaptation policy, and coastal resilience, will develop a framework of indicators to measure resilience in the context of coastal adaptation projects in developing countries. Building on evidence generated from the past ten years of UNDP experience with coastal adaptation projects as well as existing literature on measuring resilience, we will identify indicators that will address the efficacy, cost-­ effectiveness, and feasibility of various coastal adaptation investments and their contribution to coastal resilience. This framework will then be tested a coastal adaptation project implemented by UNDP. This study will advance the theoretical and empirical literature on resilience and will have direct policy impact through the engagement with UNDP and its government counterparts.

Team Members


Laura Kuhl

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Steven Scyphers

College of Science

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