Special Issue "Resilient Infrastructure Systems"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Thomas P. Seager

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University, PO Box 875306, Tempe, AZ 85287-5306, USA
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Interests: resilient infrastructure; sustainability leadership; innovation; sustainable energy systems; anticipatory life cycle assessment
Guest Editor
Dr. Susan Spierre Clark

RENEW Institute, University at Buffalo, 112 Cooke Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260 USA
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Interests: resilient infrastructure systems; sustainability; human development; stakeholder engagement; climate change adaptation
Guest Editor
Dr. Jennifer L. Schneider

College of Applied Science & Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, 12 Lomb Memorial Drive (Eastman, Room 2113), Rochester, NY 14623, USA
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Interests: resilience metrics and modeling; risk critical systems; multidimensional sustainability for the corporate and public sectors
Guest Editor
Dr. Andrea Hicks

College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2208 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive Madison, WI 53706, USA
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Interests: resilient infrastructure systems; human behavior; sustainability; industrial ecology; new technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on “Resilient Infrastructure Systems” from an interdisciplinary perspective, particularly focusing on the technological and social aspects of infrastructure systems. The objective of this issue is to continue building a resilient infrastructure knowledge community that spans sectoral, organizational, and disciplinary boundaries.

Non-stationarity within our climate, social and technical systems prevent the precise predictability of stressors and their potentially cascading and complex impacts. This makes risk analysis, or the practice of estimating risk in a well-defined situation to a well-recognized threat, insufficient for the protection of infrastructure systems on which society depends. As an alternative to risk, the concept of resilience acknowledges the unpredictability and complexity of interdependent infrastructure systems and seeks to transition towards more adaptive, safe-to-fail systems. Although the concept of resilience is well recognized, the methods for operationalizing resilience have yet to be defined. For resilience to be effective it must be holistic, integrating insight from technology, engineering and the social sciences. This holistic approach will enable adaptive management of infrastructure systems in consideration of economic, social and environmental challenges.

The Special Issue aims at publishing high-quality papers, particularly those that integrate both the physical and technological aspects of infrastructure systems with the human dimensions of these systems, including the institutions that govern infrastructure and community resilience. In addition to external submissions through MDPI, this issue will contain selected papers submitted to the Resilient Infrastructure Systems theme of the 2018 International Symposium of Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) to be held in Buffalo, NY in June 2018. Papers will be reviewed by international experts and then widely disseminated by the journal.

Dr. Thomas P Seager
Dr. Susan Spierre Clark
Dr. Jennifer L. Schneider
Dr. Andrea Hicks
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Infrastructures is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Resilience
  • Community resilience
  • Safe-to-fail
  • Adaptive Management

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Open AccessArticle An Integrated Dynamical Modeling Perspective for Infrastructure Resilience
Infrastructures 2018, 3(2), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3020011
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 30 April 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 / Published: 9 May 2018
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This paper considers a dynamical way to connect resilience outcomes and processes by nesting process-based approaches inside a controlled dynamical system under resource constraints. To illustrate this, we use a dynamical model of electric power generation to show the complementary aspects of outcome,
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This paper considers a dynamical way to connect resilience outcomes and processes by nesting process-based approaches inside a controlled dynamical system under resource constraints. To illustrate this, we use a dynamical model of electric power generation to show the complementary aspects of outcome, resources, and process-based approaches for analyzing infrastructure resilience. The results of this stylized model show that adaptation is the most influential process and that for monitoring to be efficient it must account for associated costs. Beyond these specific results, we suggest that nesting outcome- and process-based approaches within a dynamical controlled framework can be very useful and complementary for infrastructure managers and designers tasked with effectively allocating resources for enhancing system resilience. Full article
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