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Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places

1st Edition

Edited by Elen-Maarja Trell, Britta Restemeyer, Melanie M. Bakema, Bettina van Hoven


262 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places provides an overview and a critical analysis of the ways in which the concept ‘resilience’ has been addressed in social sciences research. In doing so, this edited book draws together state-of-the-art research from a variety of disciplines (i.e. spatial planning, economic and cultural geography, environmental and political sciences, sociology and architecture) as well as cases and examples across different spatial and geographical contexts (e.g. urban slums in India; flood-prone communities in the UK; coastal Japan). The cases present and explore challenges and potentials of resilience-thinking for practitioners and academics. As such, Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places aims to provide a scientifically robust overview and to generate some conceptual clarity for researchers, students and practitioners interested in the potential of resilience thinking as well as the application of resilience in practice.

Table of Contents

1.Self-reliant resiliency and neoliberal mentality: a critical reflection

2.Governing for resilience in vulnerable places: an Introduction

3.Resilient energy landscapes: a spatial quest?

4.Resilience to what and for whom in Landscape Management

5.Resilience thinking – Is vagueness a blessing or a curse in transdisciplinary projects? Experiences from a regional climate change adaptation project

6.Flood resilience and legitimacy - an exploration of Dutch flood risk management

7.Flood Groups in England: Governance arrangements and contribution to flood resilience

8.Meta decision-making and the speed and quality of disaster resilience and recovery

9.The Resiliency Web - A Bottom-Linked Governance Model for Resilience and Environmental Justice in the Context of Disasters

10.Changing Stakes: Resilience, Reconstruction, and Participatory Practices after the 2011 Japan Tsunami

11.The Value of Participatory Community Arts for Community Resilience

12."If we are not united, our lives will be very difficult." Resilience from the perspective of slum dwellers in Pedda Jalaripeta (India)

13.Riding the Tide: Socially-engaged art and resilience in an uncertain future

14.Resilience in practice – a transformative approach? A conversation with Henk Ovink, first Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs

About the Editors

Elen-Maarja Trell is Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning and Environment at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In 2014, she was the lead organizer of the international workshop ‘Resilience: Just do it?! Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places’ (with Britta Restemeyer, Melanie M. Bakema and Gwenda van der Vaart). She is interested in the role of local-level initiatives and public participation in creating more resilient and sustainable places. The themes she explores within this context include: community resilience in declining (rural) areas, flood resilience, urban food systems and gardening, and governance of renewable energy initiatives. In her previous projects, she has explored young people’s place attachment and influential aspects for the well-being of rural youths in their everyday context.

Britta Restemeyer, MSc, is a lecturer and PhD researcher at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on resilience, adaptive governance and flood risk in urban areas. By studying the cases of Hamburg, London and Rotterdam, she explores how policy-makers deal with the tension between accepting uncertainties and providing security for people and businesses on a strategic as well as local level. Overall, she aims at informing policy strategies for creating more flood resilient cities, by improving the linkage between flood risk management and urban planning. In the past, she has participated in various German, as well as European, research projects (RIMAX, Climate Proof Areas, KLIFF, MARE) on climate change adaptation and flood risk.

Melanie M. Bakema, MSc, is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium. In her PhD research, she focuses on resilience in the context of disasters. Her interest lies in particular in disaster governance as a multi-level approach to overcome the social vacuum in disaster studies. Cases that she is investigating for her PhD research include Christchurch, New Zealand, Chiloé, Chile and the North of the Netherlands. By exploring the dynamic interactions between nature and societies in these cases, she aims at fostering transitions towards improved governance structures for creating more resilient social-ecological systems in the face of disasters.

Bettina van Hoven is Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her recent research has concentrated on the feelings of belonging, the attachment of various population groups to the place where they live. In addition, she is researching community resilience and the role of arts practice and expression in building resilient communities in coastal areas. In the past, she has worked on projects involving: women in Eastern Europe, diaspora and migration, institutions, ethnicity, sexuality, disabilities, youth and nature. She is a member of the editorial board for 'Emotion, Space and Society’ and has co-edited various publications in the past (e.g. den Toonder and van Hoven, 2012; van Hoven and Hoerschelmann, 2005).

About the Series

Urban Planning and Environment

Urban Planning and Environment
Maintaining and enhancing living conditions in cities through a combination of physical planning and environmental management is a newly emerging focus of governments around the world. For example, local governments seek to insulate sensitive land uses such as residential areas from environmentally intrusive activities such as major transport facilities and manufacturing. Regional governments protect water quality and natural habitat by enforcing pollution controls and regulating the location of growth. Some national governments fund acquisition of strategically important sites, facilitate the renewal of brown fields, and even develop integrated environmental quality plans. The aim of this series is to share information on experiments and best practices of governments at several levels. These empirically-based studies present and critically assess a variety of initiatives to improve environmental quality. Although institutional and cultural contexts vary, lessons from one commonly can provide useful ideas to other communities. Each of the contributions are independently peer reviewed, and are intended to be helpful to professional planners and environmental managers, elected officials, representatives of NGOs, and researchers seeking improved ways to resolve environmental problems in urban areas and to foster sustainable urban development.

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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning