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The concepts of vulnerability and resilience are often used complementarily. Both of them focus on the relations of systems towards stress or perturbations. Whereas resilience concentrates on the possible resources and capacities that would help the system to maintain or achieve a desired state, vulnerability usually focuses on the flaws and weaknesses of the system. However, although this vision is popular, there are also strong arguments against a dualistic view of the two concepts. Therefore, we elucidate the concept of vulnerability in this chapter before subsequently turning to resilience.

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Eifert, S., Knauf, A., Thiessen, N. (2018). Vulnerability. In: Engels, J. (eds) Key Concepts for Critical Infrastructure Research. Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

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