City of Glasgow

Glasgow is a city of transformation. From the birth of the industrial revolution and the heavy industry associated with the “workshop of the world”, to its cultural reinvention in the 1990’s, Glasgow has never stood still.

In 1765, James Watt strolled through Glasgow Green and conceived the idea of the separate condenser for the stream engine, viewed by many as the eureka moment that started the industrial revolution.  This revolution gave untold benefits to people from all around the world, but also resulted in huge problems for the environment and society.

Following the industrial revolution and the decades of war and deindustrialisation that followed, the city has had to take steps to diversify the economy and build a more attractive place its citizens.

As we journey into the future, Glasgow faces new challenges, including climate change and economic uncertainty which must be addressed to ensure we become an even more resilient city.

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Shocks and Stresses

Climate Change

Glasgow is facing...

  • Increased rainfall and wetter weather
  • Increased risk of flooding
  • Increased number of extreme weather eventer

     Social Issues

  • Glasgow is facing...Stark inequalities in health and wealth terms.
  • A violent crime rate that is twice the national average.
  • Increased social alienation and loneliness.

Environmental Stresses

Glasgow is facing...

  • Blight associated with vacant and derelict land with almost 58% of the entire population live within 500m.
  • Large traffic volumes.
  • High levels of traffic-related pollutants in the centre of Glasgow.

Challenges for Resilience 

We have developed four pillars, that are important approaches to overcoming our resilience challenges:

  • Empowering Glaswegians - We need to empower citizens and communities to strengthen personal and collective resilience and mitigate the systematic barriers that undermine it.
  • Fostering Civic Participation - it is important to promote civic participation, trust and a resilience culture between Glaswegians and the organisations that serve them
  • Innovating for Fair Economic Growth - We will innovate to support fair economic growth that creates well-paid, accessible and meaningful opportunities for businesses and communities

Unlocking Place-Based Solutions - We will implement and support place-based solutions to improve personal, community and economic resilience.

    Latest News

    Stakeholder Training of RSQ

    18 September 2017

    With support from ICLEI and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow held a workshop to explore the Risk Systemicity Questionnaire. A selection of local stakeholders attended this session to learn more about the tool. Participants discussed how the tool will be able to add real value to planning and risk management procedures.

    Stakeholder Training of City Dynamics Tool

    15 September 2017

    Glasgow held a workshop with local stakeholders to explore the City Dynamics tool. With support from ICLEI, participants were tested the tool and discussed the potential for integrating the tool into decision making processes.

    Glasgow is working on a new Community Plan

    A new Community Plan is being developed by city partners. It outlines key priorities for the city which include building resilient communities, tackling skills shortages and poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth - ensuring everyone in Glasgow benefits from the city's success and is supported to achieve their own potential. See more info here.

    Engaging Local Schools

    Through a joint project between the council and AECOM, Glasgow is working to local primary school children to explore flooding risks: what it is; why it happens; and what can be done about it. Through hands-on exercises we are building skills and awareness of local resilience challenges.

    Recent work

    100 Resilient Cities

    The MGSDP

    The ECCA 2017

    Glasgow is a part of 100 Resilient Cities

    Glasgow City is a part of The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership.

    The MGSDP Vision is to 'transform how the city region thinks about and manages rainfall to end uncontrolled flooding and improve water quality.

    The Third European Climate Change Adaptation Conference was held in Glasgow, 5th-9th June 2017.

    The conference's vision is to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment.


    Connecting Nature Project

    RUGGEDISED Project

    With a climate change denier in the Whitehouse, how can our cities maintain momentum towards a low carbon future? Glasgow is part of UrbAct and continuously commit toward to provide cheap renewable energy and to reduce carbon emission.

    Glasgow is a partner of the Connecting Nature project, a €12m five year project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Programme. With 29 project partners from industry, local authorities, local communities, NGO’s and research in 16 countries, our aim by project end is to position Europe as a global leader in the innovation and implementation of Nature – based Solutions.

    Glasgow is a partner of the RUGGEDISED project, smart city project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings together three lighthouse cities: Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå and three follower cities: Brno, Gdansk and Parma to test, implement and accelerate the smart city model across Europe.

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    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.