Designing Resilience (Paperback)
Preparing for Extreme Events
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822960614, 384pp.
Publication Date: September 19, 2010
This volume defines resilience as it relates to disaster management at specific stages: mitigation, prevention, preparation, and response and recovery. The book illustrates models by which to evaluate resilience at levels ranging from individuals to NGOs to governmental jurisdictions and examines how resilience can be developed and sustained. A group or nation’s ability to withstand events and emerge from them with their central institutions intact is at the core of resilience. Quality of response, capacity to improvise, coordination, flexibility, and endurance are also determinants. Individual case studies, including Hurricane Katrina in the United States, the London bombings, and French preparedness for the Avian flu, demonstrate effective and ineffective strategies.
The contributors reveal how the complexity and global interconnectivity of modern systems—whether they are governments, mobile populations, power grids, financial systems, or the Internet—have transcended borders and created a new level of exposure that has made them especially vulnerable to extreme events. Yet these far-reaching global systems also possess the ability to alert and respond at greater speeds than ever before.
The authors analyze specific characteristics of resilient systems—the qualities they possess and how they become resilient—to determine if there are ways to build a system of resilience from the ground up. As such, Designing Resilience will inform a broad range of students and scholars in areas of public administration, public policy, and the social sciences.
About the Author
Arjen Boin is associate professor of public administration and founding director of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University.
Chris C. Demchak is associate professor of public administration and policy at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Praise For Designing Resilience: Preparing for Extreme Events…
—Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
—William L. Waugh, Jr., Georgia State University
—Richard Sylves, University of Delaware
“A timely publication. . . . Highly recommended for disaster scholars and emergency management professional alike.”
—International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment