must-have references

Do you get a bit lost framing Urban Resilience? Fear no more, this section will help you better understand this multifaced concept in its many different applications.

The UrNet community developed a list of key academic references  to help  researchers looking for an overall multidisciplinary introduction on urban resilience better frame the concept of and clarify its multifaceted nature. After much brainstorming, we distilled a shortlist of what we believe to be the most representative, clear, and exhaustive contributions from different disciplinary areas. All citations in the Resources section can be downloaded in .RIS format by clicking HERE

In parallel, we are working towards an additional list featuring influential grey literature from international agencies and NGOs. Stay tuned to know more!

This page is periodically reviewed and up-dated to keep up with this i dynamic and rapidly expanding field. If you think we left something out, you can contribute with suggestions for new items, please contact Pedro Guimarães, our member in charge of resources.

  • Coaffee, J., & Lee, P. (2016). Urban Resilience: Planning for Risk, Crisis and Uncertainty. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Meerow, S., Newell, J. P., & Stults, M. (2016). Defining urban resilience: A review. Landscape and Urban Planning, 147, 38-49. doi:
  • Pearson, L., P. Newton and P. Roberts (2014). Resilient Sustainable Cities: A Future. New York: Routledge
  • Elmqvist, T. (2014). Urban resilience thinking. Solutions, 5(5), 26-30. Retrieved from:
  • Stumpp, E.-M. (2013). New in town? On resilience and “Resilient Cities”. Cities, 32, 164-166. doi:
  • Chelleri, L., & Olazabal, M. (2012). Multidisciplinary perspectives on urban resilience: A workshop report. Bilbao: Basque Centre for Climate Change
  • Chelleri, L. (2012). From the “resilient city” to urban resilience. A review essay on understanding and integrating the resilience perspective for urban systems. Documents d’Anàlisi Geogràfica, 58(2), 287-306. doi:

  • Voskamp, I. M., & Van de Ven, F. H. M. (2015). Planning support system for climate adaptation: Composing effective sets of blue-green measures to reduce urban vulnerability to extreme weather events. Building and Environment, 83, 159-167. doi:
  • Coaffee, J. (2013). Towards next-generation urban resilience in planning practice: from securitization to integrated place making. Planning Practice & Research, 28(3), 323-339. doi:
  • Lu, P., & Stead, D. (2013). Understanding the notion of resilience in spatial planning: a case study of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Cities, 35, 200-212. doi:
  • O’Hare, P., & White, I. (2013). Deconstructing Resilience: Lessons from Planning Practice. Planning Practice & Research, 28(3), 275-279. doi:
  • Albers, M., & Deppisch, S. (2012). Resilience in the light of climate change: useful approach or empty phrase for spatial planning? European Planning Studies, 21(10), 1598-1610. doi:
  • Davoudi, S., Shaw, K., Haider, L. J., Quinlan, A. E., Peterson, G. D., Wilkinson, C., Porter, L. (2012). Resilience: a bridging concept or a dead end? “Reframing” resilience: challenges for planning theory and practice. Interacting traps: resilience assessment of a pasture management system in Northern Afghanistan. Urban resilience: what does it mean in planning practice? Resilience as a useful concept for climate change adaptation? The politics of resilience for planning: a cautionary note. Planning Theory & Practice, 13(2), 299-333. doi:
  • Wilkinson, C. (2012). Social-ecological resilience: insights and issues for planning theory.Planning Theory, 11(2), 148-169. doi:

  • Aldunce, P., Bórquez, R., Adler, C., Blanco, G., & Garreaud, R. (2016). Unpacking resilience for adaptation: Incorporating practitioners’ experiences through a transdisciplinary approach to the case of drought in Chile. Sustainability, 8(9). doi:
  • Meerow, S., & Stults, M. (2016). Comparing conceptualizations of urban climate resilience in theory and practice. Sustainability, 8(7). doi:
  • Zaidi, R. Z., & Pelling, M. (2015). Institutionally configured risk: Assessing urban resilience and disaster risk reduction to heat wave risk in London. Urban Studies, 52(7), 1218-1233. doi:
  • Friend, R., & Moench, M. (2013). What is the purpose of urban climate resilience? Implications for addressing poverty and vulnerability. Urban climate, 6, 98-113. doi:
  • Satterthwaite, D. (2013). The political underpinnings of cities’ accumulated resilience to climate change. Environment and Urbanization, 25(2), 381-391. doi:
  • Liao, K.H. (2012). A Theory on urban resilience to floods: A basis for alternative planning practices. Ecology and Society, 17(4). doi:
  • Tyler, S., & Moench, M. (2012). A framework for urban climate resilience. Climate and Development, 4(4), 311-326. doi:
  • Leichenko, R. (2011). Climate change and urban resilience. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3(3), 164-168. doi:
  • Pelling, M. (2011). Adaptation to Climate Change: from resilience to transformation. London: Routledge
  • Newman, P., Beatley, T., & Boyer, H. (2009). Resilient Cities: Responding to peak oil and climate change. Washington: Island Press.

  • Cutter, S. L., Ash, K. D., & Emrich, C. T. (2016). Urban–Rural differences in disaster resilience. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(6), 1236-1252. doi:
  • Wamsler, C. (2014). Cities, disaster risk and adaptation. London and New York: Routledge
  • Serre, D., Barroca, B., & Laganier, R. (Eds.). (2012). Resilience and Urban Risk Management. New York: CRC Press
  • Vale, L. J., & Campanella, T. J. (Eds.). (2005). The resilient city. How modern cities recover from disaster. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Godschalk, D. R. (2003). Urban hazard mitigation: creating resilient cities. Natural hazards review, 4(3), 136-143. doi:
  • Pelling, M. (2003). The vulnerability of cities: natural disasters and social resilience. London: Earthscan.

  • Mulligan, M., Steele, W., Rickards, L., & Fünfgeld, H. (2016). Keywords in planning: what do we mean by ‘community resilience’? International Planning Studies, 1-14. doi:
  • Sharifi, A. (2016). A critical review of selected tools for assessing community resilience. Ecological Indicators, 69, 629-647. doi:
  • Brudermann, T., Rauter, R., & Yamagata, Y. (2013). Behavioral aspects of urban resilience. Innovation and Supply Chain Management, 7(3), 83-91. doi:
  • Steele, W., & Mittal, N. (2012). Building ‘equitable’ urban resilience: The challenge for cities. In K. Otto-Zimmermann (Ed.), Resilient Cities 2 (Vol. 2, pp. 187-195). Dordrecht: Springer
  • Hopkins, R. (2008). The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience. Totnes: Chelsea Green Publishing

  • Copley, N., Bowring, J., & Abbott, M. (2015). Thinking ahead: design-directed research in a city which experienced fifty years of sea level change overnight. Journal of Landscape Architecture, 10(2), 70-81. doi:
  • Hassler, U., & Kohler, N. (2014). Resilience in the built environment. Building Research & Information, 42(2), 119-129. doi:
  • Pickett, S. T. A., Cadenasso, M. L., & McGrath, B. (Eds.). (2013). Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design: Linking theory and practice for sustainable cities. New York: Springer.

  • Martin, R., & Sunley, P. (2015). On the notion of regional economic resilience: conceptualization and explanation. Journal of Economic Geography, 15(1), 1-42. doi:
  • Lang, T. (2012). How do cities and regions adapt to socio-economic crisis? Towards an institutionalist approach to urban and regional resilience. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 70(4), 285-291. doi:
  • Simmie, J., & Martin, R. (2010). The economic resilience of regions: towards an evolutionary approach. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3(1), 27-43. doi:

Gender Perspectives in resilience

  • Ravera, F., Iniesta-Arandia, I., Martín-López, B., Pascual, U., & Bose, P. (2016b). Special Issue: Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. Ambio, 45(3).  Retrieved from
  • Ravera, F., Iniesta-Arandia, I., Martín-López, B., Pascual, U., & Bose, P. (2016a). Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. Ambio, 45(3), 235-247. doi:

Urban resilience of infrastructures

  • Coaffee, J., & Clarke, J. (2016). Critical infrastructure lifelines and the politics of anthropocentric resilience. Resilience, 1-21. doi:
  • McDaniels, T. L., Chang, S. E., Hawkins, D., Chew, G., & Longstaff, H. (2015). Towards disaster-resilient cities: an approach for setting priorities in infrastructure mitigation efforts. Environment Systems and Decisions, 35(2), 252-263. doi:

Trade-offs of urban resilience