Conceptualizing dimensions and characteristics of urban resilience: Insights from a co-design process

Sharifi, A, Chelleri, L, Fox-Lent, C, Grafakos, S, Pathak, M, Olazabal, M, Moloney, S, Yumagulova, L and Yamagata, Y 2017, 'Conceptualizing dimensions and characteristics of urban resilience: Insights from a co-design process', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 9, no. 6, 1032, pp. 1-20.

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Title Conceptualizing dimensions and characteristics of urban resilience: Insights from a co-design process
Author(s) Sharifi, A
Chelleri, L
Fox-Lent, C
Grafakos, S
Pathak, M
Olazabal, M
Moloney, S
Yumagulova, L
Yamagata, Y
Year 2017
Journal name Sustainability (Switzerland)
Volume number 9
Issue number 6
Article Number 1032
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher M D P I AG
Abstract Resilience is a multi-faceted concept frequently used across a wide range of disciplines, practices, and sectors. There is a growing recognition of the utility of resilience as a bridging concept that can facilitate inter-and transdisciplinary approaches to tackle complexities inherent in decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty. Such conditions are common in urban planning, infrastructure planning, asset management, emergency planning, crisis management, and development processes where systemic interdependencies and interests at stake influence decisions and outcomes. A major challenge that can undermine the use of resilience for guiding planning activities is the value-laden and contested nature of the concept that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Because resilience is context-specific and generally depends on local aspirations, this issue can be partially tackled by adopting participatory approaches for the conceptualization of resilience. This paper provides an example of how co-design methods can be employed for conceptualizing resilience. The Structured Interview Matrix was used as a technique to facilitate discussions among a diverse group of researchers and practitioners attending the International Workshop on Tools and Indicators for Assessing Urban Resilience. Participants deliberated on issues related to constituent elements of urban resilience, including its position vis-à-vis concepts such as adaptation and sustainability, institutional factors that can enable/constrain resilience building, and the challenges of conducting and operationalizing urban resilience assessment. This paper can be considered as an initial step towards further exploration of participatory approaches for clarifying the underlying dimensions of complex concepts such as resilience.
Subject Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Adaptation
Bottom-up approach
Knowledge co-design
Knowledge co-production
Participatory methods
Structured Interview Matrix
Urban resilience
DOI - identifier 10.3390/su9061032
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