Urban Disaster Resilience and Security

Addressing Risks in Societies

  • Alexander Fekete
  • Frank Fiedrich

Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Planning Urban Resilience

  3. Organizing Professionals and the People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Jens Hälterlein, Linda Madsen, Agnetha Schuchardt, Roman Peperhove, Lars Gerhold
      Pages 113-128
    3. Marcus Wiens, Frank Schätter, Christopher W. Zobel, Frank Schultmann
      Pages 145-168
  4. Urban Resilience Assessment: Methods and Challenges

  5. Urban Critical Infrastructure and Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Thomas Münzberg, Tim Müller, Wolfgang Raskob
      Pages 261-284
    3. Simone Wurster, Irene Kamara, Thordis Sveinsdottir, Erik Krempel
      Pages 313-330
  6. Resilience Trends, Paradigms and Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Norbert Mundorf, Colleen A. Redding, James O. Prochaska, Andrea L. Paiva, Pamela Rubinoff
      Pages 383-396
    3. Riitta Molarius, Nina Wessberg, Jaana Keränen, Mervi Murtonen
      Pages 397-412
    4. Anouck Adrot, Frank Fiedrich, Andreas Lotter, Thomas Münzberg, Eric Rigaud, Marcus Wiens et al.
      Pages 429-457
  7. Perspectives from the Science-Policy Nexus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 459-459
    2. Thomas Abeling, Achim Daschkeit, Petra Mahrenholz, Inke Schauser
      Pages 461-471
    3. Juergen Weichselgartner, Bernard Guézo, Irmtraud Beerlage, Christian Després, Alexander Fekete, Gabriele Hufschmidt et al.
      Pages 473-494
    4. Alexander Fekete, Frank Fiedrich
      Pages 503-518

About this book


This edited book investigates the interrelations of disaster impacts, resilience and security in an urban context. Urban as a term captures megacities, cities, and generally, human settlements, that are characterised by concentration of quantifiable and non-quantifiable subjects, objects and value attributions to them. The scope is to narrow down resilience from an all-encompassing concept to applied ways of scientifically attempting to ‚measure’ this type of disaster related resilience. 28 chapters in this book reflect opportunities and doubts of the disaster risk science community regarding this ‚measurability’. Therefore, examples utilising both quantitative and qualitative approaches are juxtaposed. This book concentrates on features that are distinct characteristics of resilience, how they can be measured and in what sense they are different to vulnerability and risk parameters. Case studies in 11 countries either use a hypothetical pre-event estimation of resilience or are addressing a ‘revealed resilience’ evident and documented after an event. Such information can be helpful to identify benchmarks or margins of impact magnitudes and related recovery times, volumes and qualities of affected populations and infrastructure.


Urban Resilience Urban Risk Assessment Resilience Measurability Urban Infrastructure City Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Fekete
    • 1
  • Frank Fiedrich
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil ProtectionTH Köln—University of Applied SciencesCologneGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Public Safety and Emergency ManagementUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany

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