Virtual field trip: Sydney and the resilient city

How do cities around the world adapt and prepare for future shocks and challenges? And how can we help city makers and leaders future-proof their decisions?

As part of the first phase of our new Future of Cities programme, we are taking a virtual trip to Sydney, Australia, to see how the city is prioritising resilience in both policies and projects, to make a city that works for all.

Sydney is one of the most diverse cities in the world, renowned for its natural environment and outdoor lifestyle. Yet like London, Sydney faces critical challenges in liveability, equity, affordability and the climate emergency. Communities across Sydney have experienced a range of chronic stresses, including bushfires, transport congestion, storms and flooding.

Resilience is at the heart of municipal strategies to create a place of opportunity and well-being for all citizens. We will hear from two key projects that aim to support long-term economic, environmental and social resilience across Greater Sydney, then will explore what London can learn from Sydney through online breakout discussions.

When: Thursday 30 November 2023, 8:30am to 10:30am (GMT) / 7:30pm to 9:30pm (AEDT) 
Format: Zoom meeting with some materials sent for participants to review in advance


  • Beck Dawson, Chief Resilience Officer, Metropolitan Sydney, will give us an overview of the Resilient Sydney strategy

  • Shayne Mallard, Director, City Future, Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, and Julie Scott, Manager, Economic Development and Partnerships, Liverpool City Council, will tell the story of Liverpool and its innovation precinct

  • Leanne Niblock, Segment Lead – Waterways & Urban Plunge, Sydney Water, will tell us about the Urban Plunge initiative, which seeks to create healthy local waterways that are also places for swimming and recreation


This event is free to attend thanks to our supporters, but places are limited and registration is essential.

  1. Click 'Register now' and fill out the form.
  2. You will receive an email to acknowledge your request to attend (if you don't see it, please check your junk folder). Please note this email is NOT a confirmation of your place.
  3. We'll let you know if a place becomes available. This is likely to be two weeks from registration.

Supported by Arup and Sheppard Robson

Note: This webinar will be recorded and released on FoL's YouTube channel. Screenshots of event participants may be used on social media. Please contact if you have any questions. 

Image credit: Jamar Cromwell via Unsplash

30th November 2023 from  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM