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Urban Resilience Discourse Analysis: Towards a Multi-Level Approach to Cities

Version 1 : Received: 18 October 2018 / Approved: 19 October 2018 / Online: 19 October 2018 (04:16:55 CEST)

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Rogov, M.; Rozenblat, C. Urban Resilience Discourse Analysis: Towards a Multi-Level Approach to Cities. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4431. Rogov, M.; Rozenblat, C. Urban Resilience Discourse Analysis: Towards a Multi-Level Approach to Cities. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4431.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 4431
DOI: 10.3390/su10124431

Abstract

This study aims to understand the current state of research in urban resilience and to open a discussion about multi-level perspectives for this concept. Starting with the history of the concept of resilience, we identify three main stages in resilience concept’s evolution: conceptualization, contextualization and operationalization. Confusion occurs between sustainability and resilience, therefore we clearly separate these two concepts by creating conceptual maps. Such maps also underline the specificities of urban and regional resilience discourses. We illustrate that urban resilience research, operating within intra-urban processes, is oriented towards natural disasters, while regional resilience research, operating mostly within inter-urban processes, is oriented towards economic shocks. We show that these two approaches to resilience – urban and regional – are complementary, and we propose to integrate them into a multi-level perspective. By combining these two discourses, we propose a multi-level approach to urban resilience that takes into account both top-down and bottom-up resistance processes. In the discussion section, we propose to take the panarchy perspective as a theoretical framework for multi-level urban resilience, that explains the interactions between different levels through adaptive cycles, relationships between which can help to explain urban resilience.

Subject Areas

urban resilience; regional resilience; sustainability; cities; multi-level approach; complex systems; panarchy; adaptive cycles

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