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Societal Resilience

How Private Actors Build Societal Resilience to Environmental Crises

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Individuals facing socioeconomic disadvantages and structural inequalities are disproportionately affected by environmental crises, including those stemming from climate change. Often, it falls upon private sectors—particularly nonprofits and philanthropic organizations—to safeguard the resilience and well-being of marginalized communities neglected by market failures and governmental policies.


Led by Katherina Rosqueta, executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice, this research community will explore the pivotal role of private actors in enhancing societal resilience by addressing environmental inequalities. Student engagement will be crucial in developing a future Impact Giving Toolkit.

Penn collaborators:

  • Alison Buttenheim, professor of nursing and health policy, School of Nursing
  • Emily Falk, professor of communication, Annenberg School for Communication
  • Jared Farmer, professor of history, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Witold Henisz, professor of management, The Wharton School
  • Sarah Light, professor of legal studies & business ethics, The Wharton School 
  • Chenyi Ma, research assistant professor, School of Social Policy & Practice
  • Carol McLaughlin, assistant professor of clinical medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Rand Quinn, associate professor, Graduate School of Education
  • Michael Weisberg, professor of philosophy, School of Arts & Sciences
Project Type:
Current Communities
Topics:
Climate
Industry & Finance
Society
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“When organized, private players can also advocate for improved policy and investments in the kind of infrastructure and systems that serve all” - Katherina Rosqueta, executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice