1st Edition

Resilience and Urban Governance Securing Cities

By Katarína Svitková Copyright 2022
    214 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book challenges the concept of ‘urban resilience’ by exploring its impact and limitations in three cities.

    Resilience has become a buzzword in science, industry, and policy, and this volume offers a fresh perspective on urban resilience as a regulatory and constitutive principle of governance in cities. Cities constitute an extremely relevant playground for resilience, as they are exposed to various disruptions, from natural disasters and pandemics to political conflicts and terrorism. This book traces the evolution of urban resilience, from international development organizations to local governments and communities. It explores how this concept was adopted and mobilized by different actors for different purposes, and analyses the resulting resilience momentum in Barcelona, San Francisco, and Santiago. The book outlines the extent to which resilience has become a universal policy tool and a desired end-state, despite its clearly problematic definition. It also contributes to the discussion about contemporary governance, safety and security in times when their very nature and feasibility are being questioned.

    This book will be of much interest to students of resilience studies, urban studies, development studies, human geography and international relations.

    1. Resilience and its discontents

    2. From problem-solving to self- governance

    3. Global mobilizers of urban resilience

    4. 100 Resilient Cities

    5. Operationalizing city resilience

    6. Barcelona

    7. San Francisco

    8. Santiago

    9. Re-thinking urban resilience. What’s next?


    Katarína Svitková earned a PhD in International Relations from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Her research and teaching is focused on human security and resilience in relation to urban environment.