Natural Hazards

, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 773–789 | Cite as

Infrastructure hazard resilience trends: an analysis of 25 years of research

  • Aaron OpdykeEmail author
  • Amy Javernick-Will
  • Matt Koschmann
Original Paper


Hazard research has made significant strides over the last several decades, answering critical questions surrounding vulnerability and recovery. Recently, resilience has come to the forefront of scholarly debates and practitioner strategies, yet there remain challenges implementing resilience in practice, the result of a complex web of research that spread across numerous fields of study. As a result, there is a need to analyze and reflect on the current state of resilience literature. We reviewed 241 journal articles from the Web of Science and Engineering Village databases from 1990 to 2015 to analyze research trends in geographic location of studies, methods employed, units of analysis, and resilience dimensions studied, as well as correlations between each of these categories. The majority of the studies analyzed were conducted in North America, used quantitative methods, focused on infrastructure and community units of analysis, and studied governance, infrastructure, and economic dimensions of resilience. This analysis points to the need to: (1) conduct studies in developing country contexts, where resilience is particularly important; (2) employ mixed-methods for additional depth to quantitative studies; (3) connect units of analysis, such as infrastructure and community; and (4) expand on the measurement and study of environmental and social dimensions of resilience.


Resilience Infrastructure Literature review 



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1434791, the Nicolas R. and Nancy D. Petry Fellowship in Construction Engineering and Management, and the United States Agency for International Development Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance and Habitat for Humanity International under Award No. AID-OFDA-G-16-00048. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural EngineeringUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of CommunicationUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

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