From the Politics of Urgency to the Governance of Preparedness: A Research Agenda on Urban Vulnerability

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Marijn Meijering

Authors: M. W. Marvin, S. Marvin

Publication Year: 2005


Journal: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

Categories: Resilience


To date, little social science understanding has been developed about what it would mean to strategically build resilience in the context of such rich interdependencies between social, technical and natural worlds. We argue that shifts in strategies to deal with urban crises marks a turn from the politics of urgency, characteristic of crisis management, towards a governance of preparedness, characterised by strategies to build urban resilience. Social science needs to develop research agendas that critically engage with different understandings of resilience and the challenges of building resilience across different scales of urban governance.


Marijn Meijering