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Evolutionary resilience and strategies for climate adaptation

Davoudi, Simin, Brooks, Elizabeth and Mehmood, Abid 2013. Evolutionary resilience and strategies for climate adaptation. Planning Practice & Research 28 (3) , pp. 307-322. 10.1080/02697459.2013.787695

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The aim of this study is to develop a framework by drawing on three broad perspectives on resilience, engineering, ecological and evolutionary, and to use this framework to critically examine the approach adopted by the draft London climate change adaptation strategy. The central argument of the study is that the Strategy's emergency planning-centred approach to climate adaptation veers between a standard ecological understanding of resilience and the more rigid engineering model. Its emphasis is on identifying ‘exposure’ and ‘vulnerability’ to risk from climate events and on bouncing back from the consequences of such exposures to a normal state, rather than on the dynamic process of transformation to a more desirable trajectory. The study concludes that fostering resilience involves planning for not only recovery from shocks but also cultivating preparedness, and seeking potential transformative opportunities which emerge from change.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: resilience, climate adaptation, London, strategy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0269-7459
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:02

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