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Launching of the global Urban Resilience Trade-offs Database

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  • October 30, 2017

Launching of the global Urban Resilience Trade-offs Database

To whom could be interested, 

the Urban Resilience Research Network is launching a new research project, aiming at building a global database of case studies exploring urban resilience trade-offs.

A resilience trade-off refers to actions, policies or projects that enhance the capacity to adapt to a threat, or reduce the exposure to a specific risk, but lead to a loss in other adaptive capacities or increase exposure. These trade-offs can occur across spatial scales (one community or city enhances its resilience comes at the cost of increasing the vulnerability of other places), groups (one group’s resilience increases the vulnerability of others), between threats (when a solution to e.g. drought implies increasing social fiscal pressures), or even across temporal scales (when a short-term solution results in the lock-in of a particular unsustainable trajectory).

The very mission of this global database is better understanding the complex political dimensions and across scales implications of resilience implementation. By assessing and hopefully avoiding potential trade-offs, urban resilience could be better framed through win-win strategies, linking sustainability, resilience and social justice.

We are looking forward to receive your contribution, that could be published in our website. For further information on how to send us your case study see our call for contributions here.

On behalf of the Urban Resilience Research Net

Lorenzo Chelleri, Sara Meerow and Marta Olazabal