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The 'resilience trap': exploring the practical utility of resilience for climate change adaptation in UK city-regions

Kythreotis, Andrew P. and Bristow, Gillian Irene 2017. The 'resilience trap': exploring the practical utility of resilience for climate change adaptation in UK city-regions. Regional Studies 51 (10) , pp. 1530-1541. 10.1080/00343404.2016.1200719

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Abstract

The ‘resilience trap’: exploring the practical utility of resilience for climate change adaptation in UK city-regions. Regional Studies. This paper examines how adaptation is interpreted across different UK city-regions by governance and policy actors, finding that the discourse of adaptation is giving way to resilience. This is explained by the value of resilience as a discursive construct in mobilizing and coordinating policy actions. Resilience has greater appeal as a framing device over adaptation to such actors given its potential to enable buy-in from a wider city-regional governance network. However, this paper also highlights the ‘resilience trap’: the dangers of adopting short-term strategies, re-badging existing strategies and widening governance networks that obfuscate sub-national mobilization around adaptation. It then reflects on how governance actors may act to avoid the resilience trap.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0034-3404
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 June 2016
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 15:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/91681

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