Resistance for Resilience: A Reflexive Exploration of Battambang, Cambodia

  • Try Thuon
  • Yanjun CaiEmail author
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


As a secondary city in Cambodia, Battambang has been facing increasing flooding under the pressure of urbanization, modernization, and climate change. Like many other Southeast Asian cities, the issue of land use and management is perhaps the most contentious and significant issue in Battambang, linked closely with building urban climate resilience. This chapter utilizes a reflexive exploration to investigate urban resilience in Battambang. Using researcher interviews, this study showcases different layers of resilience with an emphasis on the conflicts of power hierarchies. We demonstrate a more proactive perspective of resilience by revealing forms of resistance among disadvantaged populations. This perspective is seldom presented in current resilience studies.


Urban resilience Informality Spatial planning Resistance Social justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Natural Resource Management and Development, Faculty of Development StudiesRoyal University of Phnom PenhPhnom PenhCambodia
  2. 2.Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia PartnershipMunk School of Global Affairs, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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