PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (10): 1245-1255.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2012.10.001

Special Issue: 人口与城市研究

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Review on the Resilient City Research Overseas

CAI Jianming1, GUO Hua1,2, WANG Degen3   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. Tourism Department of Suzhou University; Suzhou 215021, China
  • Received:2011-11-01 Revised:2012-05-01 Online:2012-10-25 Published:2012-10-25

Abstract: How can a city survive and keep its vitality in facing to various disasters and crises altogether is an urgent issue to deal with nowadays. In this context, the concept of resilience is increasingly getting more and more attentions worldwide. This paper firstly summarizes the four major research areas in the current studies on resilience, i.e. ecological, engineering, economic and social resilience, as well as their respective connotations and representative scholars. Based on this summary, the paper secondly reviews on the resilient city studies overseas from the similar four areas and their research focuses. Thirdly, the paper points out the possible future research trends in resilient city studies, which include: (1) how to promote equity in pursuit of resilience; (2) how to promote resilience through applying the technique innovations; (3) how to build a resilient city through the cooperation and integration of different disciplines. Given the wide disparity of development process and spatial outcome in China, a Chinese oriented resilient city study is badly needed. Maybe a more resilient consideration needs to be introduced in research on resilient city.

Key words: overseas, research progress, resilience, resilient city