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Evolutionary resilience and strategies for climate adaptation

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi, Dr Elizabeth BrooksORCiD, Dr Abid Mehmood



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.

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Author(s): Davoudi S, Brooks E, Mehmood A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planning Practice and Research

Year: 2013

Volume: 28

Issue: 3

Pages: 307-322

Print publication date: 24/04/2013

Date deposited: 30/11/2012

ISSN (print): 0269-7459

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0583

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2013.787695

Notes: Special Thematic Issue: Deconstructing planning and resilience: lessons in translating theory to practice


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