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Resilient Cities in a Sustainable World

  • Aristea KounaniEmail author
  • Constantina Skanavis
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“Resilient cities are those which have the ability to absorb, recover and prepare for future shocks (environmental, economic, social and institutional),” while they encourage sustainable development, prosperity, and comprehensive growth (OECD 2018).


Nowadays planet’s population is moving to urban areas more rapidly than at any time in humanity’s history. Increasing populations expose urban areas into crises, disruptions, and disasters. The rapid sprawl of cities resulted in developing urban areas that have highly negative impact on ecosystems, building infrastructures in hazard-prone areas, and burdening economic and social systems (Melkunaite and Guay 2016).

All the challenges the globe is confronting with, from economic inequality, pollution, and shortages of water, food, and energy to the effects of climate change, trigger scientists to realize that all of them are amplified in the cities (Stilwell et al. 2012).

Uncontrolled urban expansion continues, with...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnvironmentUniversity of the AegeanMytileneGreece
  2. 2.School of Public Health University of West AtticaAthensGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lizhen Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of manufacturing and civil engineeringNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyGjøvikNorway