[ECO]systems of Resilience Practices

[ECO]systems of Resilience Practices

Contributions for Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation

1st Edition - June 2, 2022

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  • Editors: Angela Colucci, Giulia Pesaro
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128191989
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128191996

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Ecosystems of Resilience Practices: Contributions for Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation focuses on resilience in action by exploring and providing approaches, perspectives, toolboxes, and theoretical discourses for the improvement and enhancement of territorial and community resilience practices towards sustainability and climate change mitigation/adaptation. The book develops a set of tools and design criteria to support the dissemination of resilience practices. This new toolset will support the expansion and reinforcement of resilience practices and the building of solutions related to climate change. The book is divided into three sections: Section one investigates the contribution this kind of resilience approach could have on sustainable development goals as related to climate change. It also includes other environmental challenges such as ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change. Chapters dedicated to exploring the issues for a renovated governance of territorial transformation processes are included. Section two focuses on the eco-systems of resilience practices characterization, including discourses on international networking of transitions initiatives. Section three presents operative guidelines, instruments, and proposals for the resilience practices "stabilization," "blooming," and "up scaling," aiming at a more effective and consistent contribution of resilience practices in reaching sustainability, adaptation goals, and scenarios at local and global scales.

Key Features

  • Focuses on resilience practices, including effective transformation processes providing an overview of practices goals, sectors, and solutions to problems raised
  • Includes toolboxes and solutions showing the reader a systematic and stable approach, moving from a conceptual framework to actual practice
  • Presents a multilevel and multidisciplinary approach, allowing the reader to understand how to integrate and reconnect discourses on risk management, climate change, and social, economic, and creative innovation


Researchers and post graduates working in areas related to global and planetary change, planning, economics, urban and territorial policies, environmental studies, risk management and climate change

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • List of contributors
  • Foreword: Rethinking resilience practices before and after the Covid-19 crisis
  • The mutual benefit for the well-being of nature and human
  • Introduction: Resilience, climate change, and sustainability in practice from approaches to action
  • 1 Resilience in action
  • 2 [Eco]system of resilience practices
  • Part I: Resilience practices: challenges and emerging issues
  • Chapter 1. Collaborative agency and sensitive design for social resilience
  • Abstract
  • 1.1 Social resilience: innovating social frameworks in the neoliberal era
  • 1.2 Collaborative agency as the condition of resilient practice
  • 1.3 Sensitive design and digital tools for supporting social resilience
  • 1.4 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 2. Investment, risk, and vulnerability: perspectives in adaptation and risk finance
  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Introduction and methods
  • 2.2 Addressing resilience in finance: the basic dimensions
  • 2.3 Financial considerations on risk and vulnerability
  • 2.4 Sustainable finance and adaptation targets: in search of consistency
  • 2.5 Preliminary conclusions and open issues
  • References
  • Chapter 3. Resilience stabilization: the role of economic issues in resilience practices
  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Toward an operational concept of economic resilience for territorial and community development
  • 3.2 Strengthening the role of economic thinking and tools in territorial resilience practices and the economic resilience of local communities
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Part II: Resilience practices observatory project
  • Chapter 4. Fostering resilience in local communities: the role of Fondazione Cariplo
  • Abstract
  • Reference
  • Chapter 5. Resilience practices observatory project: emerging phenomena and lessons earned
  • Abstract
  • 5.1 The Italian Resilience Practices Observatory
  • 5.2 The Resilience Practices Forum and the knowledge coproduction activities
  • 5.3 Exploring the resilience practices observatory practices
  • Acknowledgments and Attribution
  • References
  • Chapter 6. Monitoring the Fondazione Cariplo Resilient Communities practices
  • Abstract
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 The evaluation of resilient practices for territorial systems
  • 6.3 Outcomes and considerations of resilient practices monitoring
  • References
  • Chapter 7. The impacts of resilience practices on local food systems: evidences from Italian case studies
  • Abstract
  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 Agro-environmental practices for resilience
  • 7.3 Materials and methods
  • 7.4 Results and discussion
  • 7.5 Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 8. Resilience Practices Observatory project: synergies for stabilization and upscaling
  • Abstract
  • 8.1 Enabling capacities for stabilization
  • 8.2 Knowledge hybridization
  • 8.3 Ecosystem of practices: networking and governance process of Resilience Practices Observatory practices
  • 8.4 Economical stabilization sustainability and independency
  • 8.5 Resilience Practices Observatory: contribution to resilience enhancement
  • Attribution
  • References
  • Part III: Exploring resilience practices
  • Chapter 9. Challenging resilience of the agroecosystems in the Agro Pontino: focusing on ecosystem services and land stewardship in agri-environmental governance and planning
  • Abstract
  • 9.1 Challenging resilience in an intensive agricultural environment
  • 9.2 Engaging actors for biodiversity in agriculture: the pact for biodiversity
  • 9.3 A perfect recipe, what’s missing?
  • References
  • Chapter 10. Toward a framework for assessing urban resilience. Application to a case study in Lyon (France)
  • Abstract
  • 10.1 Introduction
  • 10.2 A collective intelligence tool for territorial resilience: the resilience framework
  • 10.3 The resilience of Place de Francfort in Lyon: an integrated approach, diverse stakeholders, and disaster risk reduction
  • 10.4 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 11. When the community takes action: building resilience through the Transition Movement in Spain. A critical assessment
  • Abstract
  • 11.1 Introduction
  • 11.2 Preliminaries
  • 11.3 Current status of transition initiatives in Spain
  • 11.4 Challenges and opportunities of Transition Movement
  • 11.5 New trends
  • 11.6 Closing remarks
  • References
  • Chapter 12. Resilience and conservation of urban commons: lessons from three community-restored lakes in Bengaluru
  • Abstract
  • 12.1 Introduction
  • 12.2 Community restoration of three lakes in Bengaluru: Kaikondrahalli, Jakkur, and Puttenahalli
  • 12.3 Restored lakes as nodes of environmental placemaking
  • 12.4 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter 13. Beyond formal urban policies: resilient periurban alternative practices in the Amazon
  • Abstract
  • 13.1 Introduction
  • 13.2 Mismatches of peripheral urbanization in Brazil
  • 13.3 The case of Belém
  • 13.4 Final remarks
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Part IV: Perspectives in boosting practices’ contribution towards sustainability, adaptation and resilience
  • Chapter 14. Toolboxes for improving the stabilization of the resilience practices
  • Abstract
  • 14.1 Enhance the diffusion and duration of resilience practices. Tools typologies for enhancing the achievement of resilience goals
  • 14.2 Instruction, education, and training tools
  • 14.3 Economic and financial-based tools
  • 14.4 Monitoring, measurement, and evaluation tools
  • 14.5 Tools for the enhancement of direct participation, communication, and diffusion of information on resilience action and practices
  • 14.6 Learning from practices and back to action—the role of tools
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Chapter 15. Creative diversity: facing Anthropocene challenges fostering resilience capacities
  • Abstract
  • 15.1 Enabling capacities: proprieties from resilience approaches
  • 15.2 Creative diversity: property for adaptive cities
  • 15.3 Creative diversity for our common futures: resilience in public life
  • 15.4 Creative diversity: actions domains for adaptive cities
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter 16. Organizational (creative) diversity. Dilemmas and perspectives of governance processes for complex systems resilience
  • Abstract
  • 16.1 Resilience practices: heterogeneous geographies and potentialities
  • 16.2 Good governance/adaptive governance: urgency and crosscutting issues
  • 16.3 Micro or endogenous governance: the design of practices process
  • 16.4 Meso or exogenous governance: the practices networking
  • 16.5 Macro level: governance of transition processes
  • 16.6 Adaptive governance: resilience practices contribution and governance dilemmas
  • References
  • Chapter 17. Challenges for sustainability: fostering [eco]systems of resilience practices contribution
  • Abstract
  • 17.1 Resilience practices contributing to the commons: challenges and advancements
  • 17.2 [Eco]systems of resilience practices: fostering contribution toward sustainability
  • 17.3 Closing consideration on pandemic event and the challenges for sustainability (June 2021)
  • Acknowledgments and Attribution
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 348
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: June 2, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128191989
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128191996

About the Editors

Angela Colucci

Professor Colucci is an architect and PhD in Planning (Politecnico of Milan). She held research grants at Polytechnic of Milan for several years on environmental planning polices and landscaping. She is Adjunct Professor at Politecnico of Milan of courses of Urbanism; Urban Design. As senior partner and CBO of Co.O.Pe.Ra.Te. ldt, she developed activities as independent researcher, consultant and practitioner in the field of environmental and landscape planning and assessment, urban design, urban and territorial resilience and food polices. She is the author of several books and papers on environmental and landscape planning, urban-rural partnerships and food planning, on territory systems resilience. She is the coordinator of the Resilience Practices Observatory (DAStU of Politecnico of Milano and Fondazione CARIPLO). She is a member of the RRMS thematic group of AESOP and president of REsilienceLAB (www.resiliencelab.eu).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU), Polytechnic of Milan, Italy

Giulia Pesaro

Professor Pesaro is an Economist, independent researcher, consultant and professor. Her main research and activity fields are the promotion of resilience and sustainable development of territorial systems and the prevention and mitigation of risk and damage due to natural hazards impacts from an economic perspective. Her other areas of study are related to the sustainability, smartness and resilience of local territorial systems, with particular attention to the protection and valorization of public goods like the cultural heritage, cultural landscape and natural environment. Founder and Senior Partner of Cooperate S.r.l., she has taught in Politecnico of Milan since 2002 and Università dell'Insubria since 2013, and she has designed and coordinated research and operational projects at local, national and international levels for public and private bodies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU), Polytechnic of Milan, Italy

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