Evolutionary Resilience Shifting Territorial Development Paradigms

  • Carlos GonçalvesEmail author
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


The recurrence of crises in contemporary societies has made the debate around evolutionary resilience central. Evolutionary resilience is thus the means through which pre-crisis trajectories are resumed, which is the sole purpose of governmental policies. The framework of thought that comprehends the body of concepts of evolutionary resilience, albeit (as we shall see) having distant origins, has become more complex in the last decade to the point of questions being raised about whether or not we are facing a new paradigm that reinterprets territorial development and brings forth sustainability to the level of civilization plan.

In this chapter, we create a path between the beginning of the term’s use (in the etymological sense) and the recent broadening of the “science of resilience”. The interwoven conditions with the paradigm of evolutionary resilience allow the stepping aside of territorial development models from balanced games (more or less unbalanced). In this work, we identify its origin, how this line of research took shape and tried to understand whether there is a plural concept, a conceptual frame, a theoretical framework, a paradigm or a theory.


Evolutionary resilience Resilience paradigm Sustainability Territorial development 


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  1. 1.Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning. Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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