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.

chapter 1|6 pages

Self-reliant resiliency and neoliberal mentality

A critical reflection

chapter 3|23 pages

Resilient energy landscapes

A spatial quest? 1

chapter 5|20 pages

Resilience thinking – is vagueness a blessing or a curse in transdisciplinary projects?

Experiences from a regional climate change adaptation project

chapter 7|24 pages

Flood groups in England

Governance arrangements and contribution to flood resilience

chapter 10|18 pages

Changing stakes

Resilience, reconstruction, and participatory practices after the 2011 Japan tsunami

chapter 12|19 pages

“If we are not united, our lives will be very difficult” 1

Resilience from the perspective of slum dwellers in Pedda Jalaripeta (India)

chapter 13|20 pages

Riding the tide

Socially-engaged art and resilience in an uncertain future

chapter 14|12 pages

Resilience in practice – a transformative approach?

A conversation with Henk Ovink, first Dutch special envoy for international water affairs