Networks and Spatial Economics

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 211–233 | Cite as

Spatial Economic Resilience: Overview and Perspectives



The concept of resilience has been receiving both theoretical and empirical attention in recent years, from different disciplinary fields, including spatial economics where resilience is becoming a ‘popular’ term. In particular, the concept of spatial economic resilience seems to assume slightly different interpretations. Starting from the basic definitions of resilience, which stem from ecology, this paper aims to highlight the similarities and the differences in the various analyses of resilience, in order to offer some insights into its use in the spatial economics literature.


Resilience Ecological resilience Engineering resilience Spatial economics Methodological review 



The authors want to thank two referees for constructive comments. The first author acknowledges the Project ‘The Economic Evaluation of Natural Disaster in Italy’ (sponsored by Fondazioni Generali), as well as the joint Project INTEGRATE (‘Technological Innovation for a Rational Management of Urban Constructions’) between National Research Council (CNR, Italy) and Regione Lombardia (Italy). The second author gratefully acknowledges partial financial support from FARB project no. FFBO127034 (University of Bologna, Italy) and FIRB 2012 project no. RBFR1269HZ_003 (Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italy).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNR—CERIS Institute for Economic Research on Firms and GrowthMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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