Author: Dr. Geoffrey DeVerteuil School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University UK Resilience has proven to be a popular yet vexatious concept of late in urban studies and urban geography. Criticisms are many – that it props up the status quo, in this case an inequitable neoliberal order; that it casts off needy people and


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The Resilience Machine

Guest authors: Prof. Simin Davoudi1, 2, Prof. Jim Bohland1, Prof. Paul Knox1 and Dr. Jennifer Lawrence1 1Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience at Virginia Tech and 2Newcastle University In 2012, the headline in a New York Times article suggested that we should “Forget sustainability” because “It’s about resilience”, indicating a shift of emphasis to

A Social-Ecological Research Lens on Urban Resilience

Guest author: Stephan Barthel (University of Gävle, Stockholm University and Stockholm Resilience Centre) Social-Ecological Research has approached the city as a living ecosystem, an approach that really begun with the urban scholars of the early 1900s. But new developments in this line of research started during the 1990s to study various social-ecological relations in a

Rethinking everyday resilience in the built environment of the city

guest author: Prof. Stefan Bouzarovski (University of Manchester) Adaptive capacity and resilience are now seen as desirable qualities for a wide range of social actors and dynamics: from individuals coping with personal stress, to cities that may be vulnerable to disaster or terrorist attack. Resilience has assumed a normative character, entering the vocabulary of decision-making

United we fall, divided we stand: Resilience and the role of interdependence

Author: Prof. Shade T. Shutter (Arizona State University) As Ian Kelman previously wrote here, Resilience can mean almost anything.  And yet its presence in the scientific literature has undergone an explosive growth, with resilience-themed listings in the Web of Science increasing by over 1,000% between 2000 and 2010.  Among practitioners the subject is also en

How can urban resilience networks cater to city needs?

Guest Authors: Dr. Sebastiaan van Herk 1,2, Carolina Hollmann1 and Prof. Chris Zevenbergen2 1 – Bax & Willems 2- UNESCO-IHE With climate change mitigation and adaptation increasingly present on the urban agenda, many local governments aim to increase resilience of residents and businesses, but have multiple challenges in operationalizing this generic concept: finding appropriate solutions,

How to frame relevant research questions? Introduction to Urban Resilience Viewpoints

The Urban Resilience Research Network is pleased to present a new section titled “Viewpoints”, in which a variety

How resilient is resilience?

Guest Author: Prof.  Ilan Kelman (University College London) So much has been written about ‘resilience’ that it could mean almost anything. How useful (or not) is resilience for people affected by development concerns such as disaster risk, including climate change challenges and opportunities? Let’s head out to an affected community. After all, they need resilience