Research – Community Resilience Engineering: Reflections and Preliminary Contributions

Research – “Community Resilience Engineering: Reflections and Preliminary Contributions”

In I. Majzik and M. Vieira (Eds.), Proceedings of SERENE 2014, LNCS 8785, pp. 1-8, 2014
Vincenzo De Florio1, Hong Sun2, and Chris Blondia1
1 MOSAIC/University of Antwerp and MOSAIC/iMinds research institute – Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium,
2 AGFA Healthcare, 100 Moutstraat, Ghent, Belgium –

An important challenge for human societies is that of mastering the complexity of Community Resilience, namely “the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations”. The above concise definition puts the accent on an important requirement: a community’s ability to make use in an intelligent way of the available resources, both institutional and spontaneous, in order to match the complex evolution of the “significant multi-hazard threats characterizing a crisis”. Failing to address such requirement exposes a community to extensive failures that are known to exacerbate the consequences of natural and human-induced crises. As a consequence, we experience today an urgent need to respond to the challenges of community resilience engineering. This problem, some reflections, and preliminary prototypical contributions constitute the topics of the present article.

“Community Resilience Engineering: Reflections and Preliminary Contributions”

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