Theories & Practices of Urban Resilience
The concept of urban resilience appeals to a broad array of disciplines and may serve a valuable function as a boundary object. However, urban resilience is a fuzzy and contested term and some scholars now reject resilience altogether. I believe that the concept is redeemable, but greater attention needs to be paid to the variable meanings, politics, equity implications, and tradeoffs of urban resilience. To this end, I study:
- The different ways in which urban resilience is defined and characterized among academic disciplines, policymakers, and the public
- The implications of these multiple understandings, and develop frameworks to minimize conceptual confusion and ultimately facilitate more critical and equitable resilience policies.
- Cities’ resilience planning processes and plans to understand if and how the growing emphasis on resilience is transforming urban governance.
- Meerow, Sara, Joshua Newell, Melissa Stults. 2016. “Defining Urban Resilience: A Review” Landscape and Urban Planning. 147: 38-49. Link
- Meerow, Sara and Joshua Newell. 2016. “Urban resilience for whom, what, when, where, and why?" Urban Geography. Link
- Meerow, Sara and Melissa Stults. 2016. “Comparing conceptualizations of urban climate resilience in theory and practice." Sustainability. 8(7): 701. Link
- Woodruff, Sierra, Sara Meerow, Melissa Stults, Chandler Wilkins. Forthcoming. “Adaptation to Resilience Planning: Alternative pathways to prepare for climate change.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. Link