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The Knowledge Exchange for Resilience is committed to solving our most perplexing problems through use-inspired research that builds community resilience. This work addresses major challenges while reaping additional benefits—what we call resilience dividends—in social cohesion, economic prosperity, and environmental security. Together with our stakeholders, we are making a difference in Maricopa County by expanding our capacity to adapt, grow, and turn system-wide shocks into opportunities to thrive.

Community impact

Research for Resilience

KER is deeply rooted in the conviction that research can and should drive profound and enduring change. We focus on a responsive research agenda that engages partners across public, private and nonprofit sectors with the knowledge assets of the university. Our fellowship cohort program brings community and academic researchers together to share insights, discover opportunities, and implement solutions for social, economic and environmental resilience.

Research, scholars and fellows


Growth in social outreach


Students designing cooling solutions for Heat Resilience Challenge


Community organizations engaged


Hours invested in research and capacity building

Share. Discover. Solve.

As a forum for trustworthy information and research, KER builds data products and tools that help advance community resilience. From visualizations to interactive dashboards, we are focused on creating insight into action that solves social, economic and environmental problems.

Data for solutions

Join with us to build

community resilience

We convene signature events that inspire designing for resilience dividends, generate curiosity for solutions, navigate data exchanges, and celebrate resilience in our community

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