Transatlantic Academic Bridge

Global Center for Climate Resilience photo credit Andrew Ruiz

The Bridge Alliance (BAA)


Having access to expertise and research capabilities are paramount to solving problems as massive as those the world faces with climate change and its consequences. A variety of institutions that includes universities, national labs, private research organizations, and other resources must be engaged to speed up the pace of play in resilience solutions.

To begin that effort The Bridge Academic Alliance is a partnership with the European Investment Bank that establishes four academic hubs in the US and four in Europe at some of the most prestigious universities in the world. An academically focused graduate program will model and partner with Erasmus Mundus, the world famous joint degree program in the EU, and will offer the opportunity for students seeking a Master’s degree in resilience related studies to go to BAA hubs in a 24-month curriculum. In addition, BAA will offer high-level non-degree programs to enhance the expertise of resilience professionals already at work.

University Hubs are not exclusive but are the first partners in a global network that will have a far-reaching impact in the coming years. The addition of National Labs and private research organizations to the Alliance is critical to assemble the broadest range of expertise and capabilities. Universities hubs in the Alliance include:

UniversityPartner UnitLocationLead
MITSAPCambridge, MACarlo Ratti
StanfordWood InstitutePalo Alto, CAKatharine Mach
Arizona StateSustainability InstituteTempe, AZWellington Reiter
University of Florida ESSIE & FIBERGainesville, FloridaJeff Carney
Università Ca’ FoscariCollege of EngineeringVenice, ItalyTBA
ETH ZurichISTPZurich, SwitzerlandStefanie Hellweg
TU Delft/IHE DelftMultipleDelft, NetherlandsEddy Moors
OxfordSmith SchoolOxford, EnglandBen Coldicott