Headshot for Elizabeth M. Cook


Elizabeth M. Cook, assistant professor of environmental science, is the editor of a new book titled Resilient Urban Futures that was published on April 7, 2021. The work highlights how urban spaces are affected by, and profoundly impacted by, climate change. In addition to urging cities to battle climate change and address local climate impacts, it also explores how city development has institutionalized the disenfranchisement of minority groups. The editors propose an ambitious long-term approach to urban planning that accounts for unpredictability, system dynamics and equity in decision making. Resilient Urban Futures brings together the science of urban transformation with key insights from professionals who manage social, ecological, and technological systems to design processes by which cities can achieve resilient urban futures in the face of climate change.