Book summary: Resilience reset − creating resilient cities in the global South

Article, 19 July 2021

A book co-authored by IIED’s Aditya Bahadur and Thomas Tanner of SOAS makes the compelling case for a "resilience reset" – to take stock and chart a new path to enhance resilience in the world’s towns and cities, particularly in the global South.

Resilience Reset - Creating Resilient Cities in the Global South

Resilience reset - creating resilient cities in the global South

Aditya Bahadur, Thomas Tanner
Routledge, 2021 – Book, 238 pages

The book tracks the changing nature of risk in towns and cities and calls for a 'pivot' towards novel approaches to enhancing resilience.

For instance, the book argues that existing ways of acquiring and analysing data on how climate change is impacting cities need to be complemented with a new generation of approaches – such as using artificial intelligence and big data to understand climate impacts in cities.

As Bahadur and Tanner discuss in this blog, the book presents shifts in ways of building community resilience, approaching urban planning, engaging with informality, delivering financing, and building the skills of those running cities in a post-COVID-19 world grappling with climate impacts.

The book draws on the latest academic and practice-based evidence to provide actionable insights for cities that will enable them to deal with multiple interacting shocks and stresses.

In the video interview below and also available on IIED's YouTube channel, Bahadur explains why the book will be an indispensable resource for different audiences.

“Practitioners working to enhance cities’ resilience to climate change and disasters will benefit from a range of operational examples – it’s a very practical book providing tangible guidance on processes and methods rather than naval gazing about concepts and frameworks," he says.

"Policymakers will be able to draw on a range of policies from across the developing world with proven impact for enhancing the resilience of cities, while students of urban development will benefit from the book’s comprehensive round-up of knowledge on urban resilience.”

Further, the call for a “resilience reset” in light of COVID-19 is more relevant than ever: “The pandemic has dramatically altered the risk landscape. But the calls we make, for example to embrace big data or for more innovative financing methods, have been central in battling the impacts of the pandemic. This makes the book particularly timely – providing not only a pathway to ameliorate the risks from climate impacts but from other shocks and stresses such as COVID-19,” Bahadur added.


Resilience reset: creating resilient cities in the global South authored by Aditya V. Bahadur and Thomas Tanner (2021) available to purchase from Routledge, 238 pages, paperback (ISBN 9780367375508), hardback (ISBN 9780367375485), eBook (ISBN 9780429355066)

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