Building for local resilience and the latent nexus between vulnerability and sustainability in metropolitan regions

Rares Halbac-Cotoara-Zamfir1, Sirio Cividino2, Gianluca Egidi3, Luca Salvati4

1 Department of Overland Communication Ways, Foundation and Cadastral Survey, Politehnica University of Timisoara, I. Curea 1A, 300224, Timisoara, Romania
2 Department of Agriculture, University of Udine, I-33100 Udine, Italy
3 Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, I-01100 Viterbo, Italy
4 Department of Economics and Law, University of Macerata, Via Armaroli 43, I-62100 Macerata, Italy


Providing a review of theoretical and empirical studies with a specific coverage on Europe, this paper focuses on the concept of 'metropolitan resilience' in light of public governance and regional planning, making some distinctions with the more general notion of urban resilience . While discussing different approaches to 'engineering resilience' and 'evolutionary resilience' characteristic of transitioning urban systems, conceptual differences between the issues of specific and generic resilience in metropolitan regions were outlined, distinguishing central cities from suburban locations and larger regions surrounding urban cores. Integrating multi-disciplinary frameworks to resilience science allows formulation of shared definitions and homogeneous frameworks evaluating resilience in different socioeconomic contexts at both local and regional scale.


Europe; metropolitan hierarchy; public governance; resilience; urban management

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