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Sustainability 2019, 11(3), 693; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030693

Urban Resilience in Action: the Resilient Melbourne Strategy as Transformative Urban Innovation Policy?

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Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
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Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning; The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
Project website: https://sustainable.unimelb.edu.au/research/research-projects/urban-resilience-in-action.
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Received: 5 December 2018 / Revised: 15 January 2019 / Accepted: 25 January 2019 / Published: 29 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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More and more cities are developing strategies and implementing actions to increase their resilience to a diversity of environmental, social and economic challenges. International networks such as 100 Resilient Cities, established by the Rockefeller Foundation, are supporting cities to find and implement solutions to ‘shocks and stresses.’ This new approach to urban governance, often initiated by philanthropic organizations, is debated. On the one hand, these initiatives are celebrated as catalysts for transformational change through ‘collaboration’ and ‘co-design’ in contexts such as mobility, energy, green space or housing. On the other hand, urban resilience initiatives have been criticized for prioritizing private sector agendas and top-down approaches and hollowing out public sector tasks and democratic participation. However, little is known how urban resilience strategies are actually implemented in practice. Embedded action research on the implementation of the Resilient Melbourne strategy provides the opportunity to have a closer look at this highly contested topic. This paper provides first insights into the research project Urban Resilience in Action, using the Resilient Melbourne strategy to assess the implementation of selected actions. It shows that a reconceptualization and new analytical dimensions are needed to understand urban resilience as an urban innovation strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: Urban resilience; urban innovation strategy, resilience practice; action research; governance experimentation; city networks; urban sustainability; governance innovation; Melbourne Urban resilience; urban innovation strategy, resilience practice; action research; governance experimentation; city networks; urban sustainability; governance innovation; Melbourne
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