The resilience cluster engages critically with the idea and concept of societal ‘resilience’ and the cognate ideas of vulnerability and adaptation. It focusses especially on the theme of disasters and climate change, their causes and responses, as well as the social, economic, political and behavioural factors that promote - or hinder - resilient communities and citizens. These themes are addressed at a range of geographical scales including the subcontinent, the nation state, the region, and the municipality. Research on resilience also links historical and contemporary research by providing long-term perspectives on problems that are often assumed to be of modern origin.
Dr Kythreotis recently completed publishing on a Regional Studies Association funded project entitled “The spatial integration of climate change adaptation governance in the UK: the efficacy of a (city-) regional politics?” This research unpacked the way in which climate adaptation and resilience policy and governance in the UK is embedded within the notion of the spatial, particularly the city-region.
Kythreotis, AP & Bristow, GI (2017) The ‘resilience trap’: exploring the practical utility of resilience for climate change adaptation in UK city-regions. Regional Studies, 51 (10): 1530-1541.