ADBI-Purdue University-University of Tokyo Virtual Workshop on Resilience of Cities to External Shocks: Analysis, Modeling, and Economic Impacts

Event | 27 - 28 October 2020

Time of event

Day 1: 09:00–23:35 Tokyo time
Day 2: 09:00–12:15 Tokyo time


Considerable investment is needed to improve the resilience of Asia’s growing cities to external shocks such as pandemics, natural disasters, and environmental catastrophes.

Multilateral development banks, including the Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and World Bank, are actively working to finance infrastructure projects to improve urban resilience. However, the social and economic impacts of these projects are not quantitatively well understood.

This virtual workshop featured new research on the use of large-scale high-resolution transportation infrastructure data sourced from tools such as mobile phones, social media, and satellite imagery to analyze the effects of pandemics, natural disasters, environmental pollution, and other shocks on the region’s cities.

  • Measure the economic impacts of urban resilience projects
  • Analyze the recovery and resilience potential of cities using big data sources
  • Model the recovery of socio-physical systems after shocks
  • Policy makers, researchers from think tanks, universities, and other institutions, and practitioners in transportation and urban planning
  • Enhanced understanding of the resilience of cities in the face of external shocks and use of big data modelling to assess it
  • Greater impetus for policy dialogue, research, and collaboration
  • Papers featured during the workshop will be considered for publication in a journal special issue
  • Purdue University
  • University of Tokyo