University of Nottingham Ningbo China Researcher Helps Strengthen City’s COVID-19 Resilience

NINGBO, China--()--The sudden and unexpected outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has tested the adaptability and robustness of many Chinese cities as they rise to the challenge.

Ningbo is no exception.

For Dr. Ali Cheshmehzangi, Associate Professor in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, how to ensure and improve Ningbo’s virus resilience has been a priority since the start of the outbreak.

Dr. Cheshmehzangi recently proposed a “Comprehensive Urban Resilience Framework” to the municipal government, which he hopes will help to protect citizens during the outbreak and return life swiftly to normal after it.

Several days later, he received a reply from Ningbo Urban Infrastructure Development Centre, recognizing the potential to collaborate. “It is gratifying that the measures we have taken in this incident coincide with the contents of many indicators in your framework, which shows that there is great potential to implement this resilient city framework in Ningbo.”

This framework is intended to aid the city administration with sound decision-making by performing self-evaluation on two key indicators - management and provision – with the former looking at institutional and operational aspects, and the latter at service and supply.

Each of these two indicators is divided into five dimensions, referring to the specific systems that are essential to the city, including healthcare, food-supply, transportation and more. Dr. Cheshmehzangi believes that only by bringing together a range of systems - and thinking holistically - can a city be truly resilient.

Dr. Cheshmehzangi had the idea about the framework as early as 25th January, when the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan was starting to attract national attention. He says that he positively spent the extended Spring Festival break working on the project.

“It certainly is a good time to learn how to be more resilient, both individually and collectively. We have to think positively or else the sense of fear becomes more dangerous than the virus.”

Dr. Cheshmehzangi hopes that together with municipal authorities, the framework can inform policy-making and make the city better prepared against future adversities.

“As academics, our research should reflect any situation we may face, and if we can support our community we must not hesitate. In fact, it can be most rewarding,” he said.


Chuchu Lou – Content Manager at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Release Summary

Researcher at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China proposes an urban resilience framework to help cities tackle the challenge of COVID-19.


Chuchu Lou – Content Manager at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China