Research Theme: Urban Resilience

Currently, cities are facing unpredictable environmental change. Previous planning models designed around a linear understanding of change as incremental and predictable, might not be flexible enough to withstand this challenge. Therefore, a new, fundamentally non-linear way of dealing with change in cities is required. In this research we address questions such as: What causes catastrophes in urban environments? Why are disaster losses increasing? How can we plan for and manage communities to become more disaster-resilient?

Defined as the “capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy, and security,” urban resilience constitutes a key research focus of the Crisis Resilience Alliance. Drawing from social science and planning literatures, and considering natural science and engineering perspectives, this project seeks to develop interdisciplinary insights into the challenge of developing disaster-resilient communities.

In particular, this project explores the policies that lead and transform cities into adaptive systems, resilient to natural hazards and human-induced disasters.

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Publications: “Multidisciplinary perspectives on urban resilience: a workshop report” Chelleri L. and Olazabal M. (eds.) 2012. Bilbao: Basque Centre for Climate Change