Building Resilient Communities Over Time

Asma Mehan*, Sina Mostafavi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Community resilience entails the community’s ongoing and developing capacity to account for its vulnerabilities and function amid and recover from disturbance. A holistic and systematic approach of the community on how it uses material and energy resources or how a society educates the members’ over time is required to learn from the past and adapt to the present and future opportunities and threads. Community resilience has a long history in the local communities, which is embedded in their culture and history around shared values and local knowledge based on a dedicated and robust collaboration among diverse groups of the community and the various actors from different backgrounds. The innovative partnership between various actors such as stakeholders, research entities, local communities, and third sector parties is required to overcome the complexities of resiliency building. Using local knowledge to understand the local needs better is crucial in developing local, sustainable solutions and building community resilience over time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures
EditorsRobert Brears
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave McMillan
Number of pages4
EditionLiving Edition
ISBN (Electronic)9783030518127
ISBN (Print)9783030518127
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Urban resilience
  • Community resilience
  • Digitalization
  • Societal capacities


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