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Resilience, adaptation and adaptability

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andy Pike, Professor Stuart Dawley, Professor John Tomaney


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The resilience of places in response to uncertain, volatile and rapid change has emerged as a focus of academic and policy attention. This paper aims to contribute to understanding and explaining the resilience of places. Drawing upon evolutionary Economic Geography, the concepts of adaptation and adaptability are developed in a framework based upon agents, mechanisms and sites. In contrast to equilibrium-based approaches, this approach can better capture the geographical diversity, variety and unevenness of resilience and address questions of what kind of resilience and for whom.

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Author(s): Pike A, Dawley S, Tomaney J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Year: 2010

Volume: 3

Issue: 1

Pages: 59-70

Print publication date: 04/02/2010

ISSN (print): 1752-1378

ISSN (electronic): 1752-1386

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsq001


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