Case Studies 

Issues and initiatives in community resilience

Our case studies take a deeper dive to examine problems and solutions in four distinct yet interrelated resilience areas, abbreviated as FUSE:


Food, water,
and energy


Urban Heat and
healthy communities




Economy and

Urban Heat Solutions

 Featured case study 

Cooling center location optimization for urban heat mitigation

How do you provide thermal comfort, especially during a pandemic? Melissa Guardaro and her team mapped cooling center locations over time to identify the best sites for new cooling centers in order to reach the most vulnerable to heat.

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Urban Heat and healthy communities
Urban Form

Modeling the evictions


A predictive model created by crosscutting scholar Joffa Applegate and Sean Bergin helped decision-makers better anticipate and mitigate a surge in evictions when the federal moratorium ended.

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Shelter and Housing
Community Resilience

Housing Loss Across
Maricopa County

D.C.-based New America invited KER researchers to team up to analyze five years of eviction and foreclosure data from Maricopa County, as part of their national study.

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Shelter and housing
Reimagining Outdoor Play

 Reimagining outdoor play  
 and learning environments 


As a KER fellow, Jennifer Vanos partnered with Paideia Academies to design new outdoor learning spaces to better protect students from heat and air pollution.

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Urban Heat and healthy communities