Robert Muggah

Urban Fragility: The Big Picture

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Robert Muggah, Research Director of the Igarapé Institute, presented a data visualisation on urban fragility developed with the support of UNU-CPR and others.

Articles & Insights | February 16, 2017 | ,

In January 2017, Robert Muggah, Research Director at the Igarapé Institute, presented the results of a data visualisation that tracks key risks driving fragility across over 2,100 cities at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (watch a video of the presentation above).

This one-of-a-kind data visualisation was developed by the Igarapé Institute with the support of the United Nations University’s Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), the WEF and 100 Resilient Cities. The platform enables users to explore indicators including conflict, income inequality, population growth, unemployment, homicide rates, terrorism-related killings, access to electricity, and air pollution. The visualisation offers mayors, city planners, researchers, the private sector and civil society access to a centralised hub for data on 11 indicators of fragility at the city scale. The data visualisation is based on extensive research led by UNU-CPR, the Igarapé Institute and Stanford University. For more on the methodology and framework, please consult: Conceptualizing City Fragility and Resilience.