Considerations About Urban Disaster Resilience and Security—Two Concepts in Tandem?

  • Alexander FeketeEmail author
  • Janos J. Bogardi
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


Urban areas and resilient cities are flagships of recent research to investigate not only worst-case impacts of hazards but also maximum effectivity of measures. Disaster-related security is a special form of security, when in special conditions under external and internal stressors foci shift towards demands on survival and stability but also reliance on resources rarely used in normal conditions for most of the people, both residents and visitors of a city or settlement. This chapter summarises the key aspects of the previous chapters. Different types of framing resilience are detected in the different case studies. Main components of resilience used in both quantitative as well as in qualitative assessments are analysed. Potential pitfalls in transferring concepts between countries are detected. Critique on ‘measurability’ attempts is made, while at the same time pragmatic and innovative ways of conceptualising and assessing resilience in urban contexts are on display. Types and subtypes of resilience used in this book are listed, ranging from ‘climate resilience’ to ‘urban neighbourhood resilience’. Insights into how a resilient city can be constructed and planned are synthesised, as are aspects of smart cities and critical infrastructure that not only complement already existing measures and interests in sustainability but also set incentives for innovation.


Resilience concept Security concept Resilience components Transfer limitations Resilience framing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil ProtectionTH Köln—University of Applied SciencesCologneGermany
  2. 2.University of BonnBonnGermany

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