The pressures of our rapidly growing global population are driving unprecedented changes in our social, political, cultural and natural systems. The University of Calgary’s Human Dynamics in a Changing World research strategy is addressing our need to understand how we adapt to rapid change, to ensure our security and quality of life.
Smart Cities focuses on human interactions in urban environments with special focus on Calgary. This includes the planning and design of buildings, urban spaces, communities, transportation and service infrastructures for health and resilience.
Secure Societies examines how individual and collective needs can be met in a sustainable, equitable fashion, and analyses how the associated challenges and struggles have manifested themselves across human history and human societies.
Cultural Understanding focuses on the interactions of people from diverse backgrounds, traces the roots of different cultures, languages, religions and cultural interactions in the past, and addresses current challenges of integrating diverse individuals and groups.