Operating urban resilience strategies to face climate change and associated risks: some advances from theory to application in Canada and France

Type Article
Date 2020-09
Language English
Author(s) Heinzlef CharlotteORCID1, 2, 4, Robert Benoit3, Hemond Yannick5, Serre Damien4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Avignon, UMR 7300 ESPACE, 74 Rue Louis Pasteur,Case 19, F-84029 Avignon 1, France.
2 : Univ Mons, Fac Architecture & Urban Planning, Rue Havre 88, B-7000 Mons, Belgium.
3 : Ecole Polytech Montreal, Dept Math & Ind Engn, 2900 Blvd Edouard Montpetit, Montreal, PQ H3T 1J4, Canada.
4 : French Polynesia Univ, EIO Ecosyst Insulaires Oceaniens UMR 241, BP 6570, F-98702 Tahiti, French Polynesi, France.
5 : Univ Quebec Montreal, Dept Geog, 1255 St Denis, Montreal, PQ H2X 3R9, Canada.
Source Cities (0264-2751) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2020-09 , Vol. 104 , P. 102762 (11p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102762
WOS© Times Cited 28
Keyword(s) Resilience issues, Climate Change, Collaborative workshops, Spatial-decision support systems

Faced with increasing urbanization and uncertainties linked to climate change, the scientific community has integrated the concept of resilience into urban management practices. Once revolutionary, now a buzzword, resilience is a concept that is difficult to transform into an integrated tool that stakeholders accept and adopt. This paper offers a perspective on the different interpretations of resilience, its difficult implementation and the tools that seek to operationalize it. The underlying questions are how these tools are appropriated by urban managers and territorial decision-makers, and how the theoretical concept can be translated into resilient urban development. This research paper reviews the work on resilience and investigates its use and operationalization, comparing two different approaches - organizational (Canada) and holistic (France) - that aim to clarify and operationalize resilience. These theoretical approaches have been combined to create workshops for urban managers so they can move from theoretical results to practical applications.

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