Drawing on evidence from urban resilience initiatives around the globe, the authors make a compelling argument for a "resilience reset", a pause and stocktake that critically examines the concepts, practices and challenges of building resilience, particularly in cities of the Global South.

In turn, the book calls for the world’s cities to alter their course and "pivot" towards novel approaches to enhancing resilience. The book presents shifts in ways of acquiring and analysing data, building community resilience, approaching urban planning, engaging with informality, delivering financing, and building the skills of those running cities in a post-COVID world grappling with climate impacts. In Resilience Reset, the authors encourage researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to break out of existing modes of thinking and doing that may no longer be relevant for our rapidly urbanising and dynamic world. The book draws on the latest academic and practice-based evidence to provide actionable insights for cities that will enable them to deal with multiple interacting shocks and stresses.

The book will be an indispensable resource to those studying urbanisation, development, climate change and risk management as well as for those designing and deploying operational initiatives to enhance urban resilience in businesses, international organisations, civil society organisations and governments. It is a must-read for anyone interested in managing the risks of climate impacts in urban centres in the Global South.

chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

Urban climate change resilience “reset”

chapter Chapter 2|34 pages

Data for urban resilience

From mainstream to innovative approaches

chapter Chapter 3|34 pages

Resilient urban communities

From incremental to transformational change

chapter Chapter 4|32 pages

Urban planning for resilience

Embracing informality

chapter Chapter 5|39 pages

Resilient urban systems and services

From hard to soft infrastructure

chapter Chapter 6|37 pages

Urban resilience finance

From exogenous reliance to endogenous reliability

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

The urban resilience reset in a post-COVID-19 world