Assessing socio-ecological resilience in cities

Authored by: Marta Suárez , Erik Gómez-Baggethun , Miren Onaindia

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138583597
eBook ISBN: 9780429506666
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Resilience is an increasingly influential issue in urban planning. In order to design strategies to build urban resilience to climate and global change, various methodologies to assess it have been developed over recent years. The aim of this research is to review and synthesize state-of-the-art knowledge for assessing socio-ecological resilience in cities. First, we describe the spatial and temporal trade-offs and social inequalities that need to be taken into account when operationalizing resilience. Second, we perform a systematic review and a content analysis of the scientific literature on methodologies and indicators to assess urban resilience. Third, we propose a conceptual and methodological framework to measure urban resilience from a socio-ecological systems perspective. We conclude that increased efforts to measure socio-ecological urban resilience should be in place in order to design plans and strategies to build resilience that reduce social inequalities and take into account temporal and spatial trade-offs.

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