Social Resilience in a Disrupted World

Calendar 25 Mar 2021
Time 8.00 pm – 8.40 pm, GMT+8 
Location Zoom


Beyond physical infrastructure and good decision-making, having a strong social compact is critical for cities to manage disruptions such as COVID-19 and climate change. With safe distancing now the norm, how can interventions such as Singapore’s Emerging Stronger Conversations and other international examples help cities maintain social ties and build resilience amongst its people?



Emerging Stronger Conversations Report (PDF: 3.2MB)

Slides by Prof Daniel Aldrich (PDF: 1.4MB)

Slides by Dawn Yip (PDF: 4.5MB)

Webinar Video



About the Speakers


Professor Daniel Aldrich

Prof Daniel P. Aldrich
Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program, Northeastern University

Prof Aldrich is full professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program at Northeastern University. He researches post-disaster recovery, countering violent extremism, the siting of controversial facilities and the interaction between civil society and the state.
An award-winning author of five books and more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, he contributes to a variety of news outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, and MSNBC and speaks regularly to NGOs and governments around the world on the importance of social ties in crises.

Dawn Yip

Dawn Yip
Coordinating Director, Partnerships Project Office, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Dawn is Coordinating Director, Partnerships Project Office, at the Ministry of Culture, Community and and Youth. The office spearheads the Singapore Together movement in partnership with public agencies and the people of Singapore. Dawn was previously an independent consultant in foresight, public engagement and organisation development. She was also visiting faculty with the Singapore Management University Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration. Dawn was previously part of the Singapore Government’s Administrative Service, holding positions in the Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Health, Prime Minister's Office, Civil Service College and Ministry of Trade & Industry. Dawn is a Harvard University alumnus and a Singapore President's Scholar.

Michael Koh

Michael Koh
Executive Fellow, Centre for Liveable Cities

Mr Michael Koh has 25 years of experience in the public service including 7 years as CEO of the National Heritage Board and 4 years concurrently as CEO of the National Art Gallery. He was also the former Director of Urban Planning & Design at the Urban Redevelopment Authority where he spearheaded the planning and urban design of the new mixed use Downtown at Marina Bay, revitalisation of Orchard Road as a shopping street and creation of an arts and entertainment district at Bras Basah Bugis.



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