The paradox of urban resilience

Cathy Wilkinson on why cities should embrace rather than remove environmental disturbances

In early 2011, centre researcher Cathy Wilkinson gave a TEDx talk on 'The Paradox of Urban Resilience' in Melbourne, Australia, co-hosted by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

In the talk she explores the paradox that a resilience approach demonstrates the importance of living with disturbances, yet cities have often been designed to remove or minimize environmental disturbances.

Cathy's research critically explores the relevance of social-ecological resilience for urban governance in theory and practice.

Her 2010 article 'Metropolitan Planning and Resilience Thinking: A Practitioner's Perspective' is one of the most requested articles by followers of Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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The article synthesizes practitioner insights into how resilience thinking can inform metropolitan planning. The paper identifies three ways resilience thinking can usefully inform metropolitan planning.

First, by offering new metaphors regarding the nature of structural change in linked and complex systems that prioritize change and uncertainty. Second, through the application of new frames and tools for analysis of the dynamics of complex social-ecological urban systems. Third, by examining the relevance of adaptive governance for metropolitan planning.

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