Adaptation & Resiliency
The Blue Economy & The Big Topics
Associate Director for Applied Research
Institute for Policy Research and Engagement, University of Oregon
“Obtaining Critical Mass – Achieving Infrastructure Resilience in Oregon”
This session will present 14 months’ worth of research and engagement with leaders across the state about what infrastructure resilience might look like and how we can get there from here. From “hunting as a pack” to “fixing the funding cycle” the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement team at the University of Oregon has documented a list of tangible actions that property owners, developers, community leaders, regulators, financiers, and service providers in Oregon should start doing. Today! With a growing list of disaster events and multiple state and federal funding streams being funneled toward infrastructure projects, we have both the urgency and capacity to act. What could we do? What should we do? What will we do, together, to achieve infrastructure resilience in Oregon?
Josh Bruce received his master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2002 and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis (1996). He maintains professional certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners and has achieved professional accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the United States Green Building Council. Bruce serves as the Associate Director for Applied Research in the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement the University of Oregon. In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing IPRE’s on- and off-campus applied-research, experiential-learning, community capacity building programs.
Mr. Bruce has professional experience in land-use permit review, zoning administration, land entitlements, site design, housing development, green building, and sustainable business practices. For the past 12-years, he has assisted communities throughout Oregon with a variety of natural‐hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and community resilience related planning projects. His research interests include the identification, development and use of integrated, multi-objective approaches to achieve community resilience.