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Economist Resiliant Cities Index

Part I:  Description


The Nexus Initiative is a big advocate for multidisciplinary thinking and using this report is an example of it. There are universal traits of resiliancy and agility, and looking at how cities prepare for adversity can give us insights into characteristics of agility.

Executive Summary from Report

By 2050, cities will be home to more than two-thirds of the world’s population, placing them at the crux of humanity’s ability to adapt to the risks and uncertainties of the 21st century. Natural disasters from extreme weather to pandemics, and human catastrophes such as industrial accidents, terrorism and cyber-attacks, take their gravest toll on citizens in densely populated urban centres. Cities can also be flashpoints for instability and conflict due to poverty and inequality.

For the purpose of this research, Economist Impact defines urban resilience as a city’s ability to avoid, withstand and recover from shocks, such as natural disasters; and from long-term stresses such as poverty, decrepit infrastructure or migration. A resilient city should be able to self-organise following a shock event, adapt to unfolding risks and plan ahead rather than react. “With the reality of climate change, resilience is not just about the ability to withstand or absorb disturbances but [is also about] being sustainable. It must not add to any future potential problems while serving its basic functions,” says Lavan Thiru, executive director at Infrastructure Asia.

Part II:  Common Questions

Part III:  Additional Resources

Part IV:  Disclaimer


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