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

Sage, D; Sircar, I; Dainty, A; Fussey, P; Goodier, C; (2015) Understanding and enhancing future infrastructure resiliency: a socio-ecological approach. Disasters , 39 (3) pp. 407-426. Green open access

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Abstract

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 infrastructure 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) perspective 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.

Type: Article
Title: Understanding and enhancing future infrastructure resiliency: a socio-ecological approach
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12114
Language: English
Additional information: Resilience, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Scenario Methodologies
Keywords: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133430
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