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Adaptive Planning and Resilience Online Course

University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Oct 14, 2016


Adaptive Planning and Resilience, an online, self-paced development course, will be held Sept. 12 to Oct. 31.

The six-week, online, asynchronous course totals about 15 hours broken into recorded lecture segments ranging from about 20 minutes to about an hour in length. It is self-paced, within the time window in which the course is offered.

Adaptive Planning and Resilience offers professionals the knowledge and skills to design and implement planning processes that will enable their governance systems, organizations, and/or communities to adapt to changing conditions and sudden shocks or disturbances.

Adaptive planning is more flexible and continuous than conventional planning processes, yet involves a greater amount of goal and strategy development than adaptive management methods. It helps communities, organizations, and governance systems to develop resilience and adaptive capacity: the capacity to resist disturbances, bounce back from disasters, and transform themselves under changing and uncertain conditions. Adaptive planning is needed most when systems or communities are vulnerable to surprise catastrophes, unprecedented conditions, or complex and difficult-to-resolve policy choices.

The course will cover the elements of adaptive planning and resilient systems, the legal issues in adaptive planning, how to design and implement adaptive planning processes, and case studies (including guest speakers) from various communities and organizations that are employing adaptive planning methods. Participants will have the opportunity to design or redesign an adaptive planning process for their own professional situation and get feedback from course instructors.

These instructors include Professor Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold, the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at the University of Louisville, where he teaches in both the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and directs the interdisciplinary Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility. Professor Arnold is an internationally renowned and highly-cited scholar who studies how governance systems and institutions — including planning, law, policy and resource management — can adapt to changing conditions and disturbances in order to improve social-ecological resilience.

Adaptive Planning and Resilience has been approved by the American Planning Association for 12.0 AICP CM credits, including 1.5 AICP CM Law credits, in partnership with the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Registration is open for individuals and organizations, with a tiered pricing system depending on number of participants. For more information, visit

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August 29, 2016 - 10:13am
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