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A Handbook of Urban Resilience

Tuesday, March 7, 2017  
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Edited by
Michael A. Burayidi, John Twigg, Adriana Allen, and Christine Wamsler

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We are seeking contributions from researchers and reflective practitioners from all over the world, ranging from academic pieces to case studies. We are also keen to encourage young researchers with fresh insights.

The book will cover all kinds of urban settlement, large and small, and including semi-permanent settlements such as refugee/IDP camps. Studies should be drawn from all parts of the world.

Outline of Book

Introduction and background on urban resilience (why this book is relevant, aims and contents, etc.)

  • An urbanizing world: trends and patterns of urbanization and urban progress (overview)
  • Risks, shocks and threats to towns and cities (overview)


  • Resilience theories and their problems (state-of-the art reviews of the resilience debate)
  • The resilient city (resilience theory as applied specifically to urban contexts)
  • Urban resilience and sustainability: how do these agendas connect?
  • Urban systems (application of systems thinking to urbanism)

Urban systems under stress

  • Case studies of major urban crises, past and recent, with the generic lessons they provide about resilience (there could be several case study chapters of this kind, from different places and times - historical material as well as more contemporary examples)

Themes and threats (issues and examples – the list is not exclusive – this could be a mixture of reviews and case studies of how towns and cities have been affected by and/or adapted to particular shocks and stresses)

  • social crisis and conflict
  • feeding the city (food security)
  • governance and politics
  • economics and finance
  • public health and disease
  • population movement and demographic change
  • climate change
  • water (water security, floods)
  • energy systems
  • transport systems
  • ICT and cybersecurity
  • mega-hazards: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes
  • extensive risks
  • technological hazards
  • fires
  • humanitarian response to urban disasters
  • urban recovery from disaster

Resilience building in practice

  • examples of local, national, international initiatives to promote urban resilience or tackle particular risks (and lessons learnt)
  • assessment tools and their application (theory and practice)

Conclusion: review, summary, and integration of chapters on urban resilience.


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