Speaker: Robin Leichenko, Professor of Geography at Rutgers University and co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute.
The resilience of small businesses to extreme events is interconnected with the resilience of whole communities, but the dependencies are only beginning to be studied. This study explores how complex extreme events have impacted small businesses in two diverse, coastal areas within the New York City – New Jersey metropolitan region. The region is exposed to a range of climate hazards, which are overlapping with economic stresses associated with the Covid-19 pandemic including labour shortages and high rates of inflation.
The study contributes to ongoing initiatives to build community resilience in coastal regions through investigation of vulnerabilities and resilience challenges and opportunities that are specific to small coastal businesses, as well as interdependencies between business resilience, residents, and other components of the community system.
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