The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) is a multi-disciplinary partnership between academics in Canada and partners in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, countries which are experiencing both rapid urbanization and the severe effects of climate change. It combines the science of interpreting climate change’s uncertainties, risks, and impacts with social science analysis from geography, anthropology, and planning.

The Partnership addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia aimed at enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being. Individual and community vulnerabilities in the region are linked to global environmental change and to the rapid pace of urbanization and economic integration of the region.  Specifically, we seek to provide vulnerable peoples in transitional states with the space to learn about and share in decisions about protecting themselves from the economic, social, and physical impacts of climate change.

The Partnership is supported by a five-year (2014-2019) International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) grant, funded by both the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).