A leader in resilience research

Working together to build community resilience in Maricopa County

“In ordinary times, we need to be resilient if we’re going to thrive and grow. But these are no ordinary times. 2020 has been a year of unprecedented upheaval.”

- Elizabeth Wentz, Director, and Principal Investigator 

Community impact numbers


Mobile home residents received direct outreach from the fire department to ensure heat safety. KER research found 29% of indoor deaths occurred in mobile homes from 2016 -2019, making them extremely vulnerable. 


Engineering students designed cost-effective cooling solutions for mobile home parks. Researchers will soon test prototypes to complete the annual Heat Resilience Challenge.


Community organizations engaged from public, private, and nonprofit entities to facilitate a rich data and knowledge exchange. 

Our unique approach



The heart of our concept is to create a space for diverse people from across sectors to share knowledge and data. 



The exchange creates opportunities to discover gaps, liberate data, and learn ways to better work together. 



The approach helps us support resilient solutions that bring short and long-term dividends. 

The ASU Knowledge Exchange for Resilience is supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Piper Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona.