ACCEL Distinguished Speaker Lecture: A Stronger, Resilient Sydney

11 October 2017


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Cities around the world are increasingly facing shocks and disruptions from natural hazards, social conflict and war, global financial fluctuations and rapid digital advances. Underlying stresses around inequity and social cohesion exacerbate these risks. In this ever disrupted world, leadership matters more than ever before. The way we make decisions about our cities affects the lives of millions of people here today, and those who will make Sydney home in future.

In a modern, safe and liveable city like Sydney, community city-scale risks are hidden from view. They develop as the climate changes, the community evolves and investment decisions disproportionally affect some city districts. In 2015, Sydney joined the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to understand the shocks and stresses that affect Sydney, and create a resilience strategy to tackle them. The program is an innovative collaboration with the metropolitan councils of Sydney, the NSW Government, business and community partners.

Sydney's Chief Resilience Officer Beck Dawson, will provide an overview of what will stop Sydney and the timely opportunity for building resilience into our city policies and planning, operations and governance. Resilient Sydney is hosted by the City of Sydney and governed by a Metropolitan Steering Committee, convened for the purpose.

About the distinguished speaker

Beck Dawson is the Chief Resilience Officer for metropolitan Sydney, hosted by the City of Sydney Council as part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Described as the person 'paid to worry for Sydney', Beck leads the development and implementation of the Resilient Sydney Strategy, working with governments, business and the community to identify local responses to global and city risks and challenges. As a property sustainability expert, Beck's background is in long-term planning and investment in the natural and urban built environments. She previously worked in cultural institutions and the Australian property sector and contributed to working groups across resilience, responsible investment and sustainability. Beck holds a Masters in Sustainable Architecture, a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication and a Bachelor of Science.

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This distinguished speaker lecture is proudly sponsored by the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL). ACCEL is affiliated with the Sydney Environment Institute.


Time: 6 - 7.30pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 14082f69271d10041805784a23142d2b5218113442785023