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Understanding and enhancing future infrastructure resiliency: a socio-ecological approach

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posted on 09.10.2015 by Dan Sage, Indraneel Sircar, Andrew Dainty, Pete Fussey, Chris Goodier
The resilience of any system, human or natural, centres on its capacity to adapt its structure, but not necessarily its function, to a new configuration in response to long-term socio-ecological change. In the long term, therefore, enhancing resilience involves more than simply improving a system’s ability to resist an immediate threat or to recover to a stable past state. However, despite the prevalence of adaptive notions of resilience in academic discourse, it is apparent that infra-structure planners and policies largely continue to struggle to comprehend longer-term system adaptation in their understanding of resilience. Instead, a short-term, stable system (STSS) per- spective on resilience is prevalent. This paper seeks to identify and problematise this perspective, presenting research based on the development of a heuristic ‘scenario–episode’ tool to address, and challenge, it in the context of United Kingdom infrastructure resilience. The aim is to help resilience practitioners to understand better the capacities of future infrastructure systems to respond to natural, malicious threats.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

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DISASTERS

Volume

39

Issue

3

Pages

407 - 426 (20)

Citation

SAGE, D., ...et al., 2015. Understanding and enhancing future infrastructure resiliency: a socio-ecological approach. Disasters, 39 (3), pp.407-426

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John Wiley & Sons Ltd (© The Author(s)/Overseas Development Institute)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: SAGE, D., ...et al., 2015. Understanding and enhancing future infrastructure resiliency: a socio-ecological approach. Disasters, 39 (3), pp.407-426, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/disa.12114. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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0361-3666

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en

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