Handbook on Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems


Handbook on Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems

9781786439369 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York, UK and the late Stefan Goessling-Reisemann, formerly University of Bremen, Germany
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78643 936 9 Extent: 432 pp
The goal to improve the resilience of social systems – communities and their economies – is increasingly adopted by decision makers. This unique and comprehensive Handbook focuses on the interdependencies of these social systems and the technologies that support them. Special attention is given to the ways in which resilience is conceptualized by different disciplines, how resilience may be assessed, and how resilience strategies are implemented. Case illustrations are presented throughout to aid understanding.

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Improving the resilience of social systems is a goal increasingly adopted in our modern world. This unique and comprehensive Handbook focuses on the interdependencies of these social systems and the technologies that support them. It explores the ways in which the resilience of elements and social systems interact with each other to promote or undermine resilience for one or both, how these interactions manifest themselves through space and time, and how they can be shaped through active intervention.

Original and multi-disciplinary contributions illustrate the nuances in the way resilience is interpreted through corresponding case studies and applications. The use of diverse tools, such as cost-effectiveness analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, transition theory and network science provides readers with a balanced treatment of both theoretical issues surrounding resilience and applications to specific socio-technical systems. Case studies from across the globe are used to discuss the ways in which natural disasters, terror attacks, cyber attacks and infrastructure degradation impact the resilience of these systems.

Timely and innovative, this Handbook is an ideal resource for university think-tanks, researchers and advanced students exploring the resilience of both social and technical systems. Planners and policy-makers will also greatly benefit from the lessons drawn from contemporary case studies.
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‘Policy-makers, business leaders and everyday people are becoming increasingly disorientated as turbulence and its consequences become more disruptive and destructive to the global community. They are in desperate need of guide to help them gather their bearings and provide a path forward, which makes the Handbook on Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems an especially important and timely contribution. This interdisciplinary compendium brings together a diverse group of top researchers to share their latest findings and insights. The reader of this volume will come away with a deep understanding of what it will take to thrive in the face of the array of stressors and shocks that lie before us.’
– Stephen E. Flynn, Northeastern University, US

‘If you believe that resilience is the absence of vulnerability you should consult the new Handbook on Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems. The authors succeed in presenting excellent arguments and convincing evidence that resilience is an adaptive learning system that is not only able to cope with unpleasant surprises but can also grow as a result of such surprises. The book takes resilience to an elevated stage of organizational performance: how to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity in a complex environment.’
– Ortwin Renn, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany

Contributors: D.L. Alderson, U. Bhatia, R. Biggs, C.R. Binder, R. Bowman, A. Cryan, N. Dormady, D. Fannon, K. Fischer, L. Fischer, A.R. Ganguly, B. Giese, S. Goessling-Reisemann, E. Gordon, H.-D. Hellige, B. Helmuth, S. Hiermaier, S. Lehnhoff, I. Linkov, K. Maciejewski, T. Malloy, S. Mirzaee, S. Mühlemeier, K. Poinsatte-Jones, A. Roa-Henriquez, J.C. Rocha, A. Rose, H. Rosoff, M. Ruth, A.J. Schaffer, B. Scharte, M. Schneider, S. Scyphers, J.C Stephens, P. Thier, B.D. Trump, A. von Gleich, M.E. Warner, D.D. Woods, R. Wyss


Part I: Background and Foundations
1. Introduction to Resilience of Socio-technical Systems
Matthias Ruth and Stefan Goessling-Reisemann

2. Towards a Responsible Resilience
Axel Schaffer and Martin Schneider

3. The Metaphorical Processes in the History of the Resilience Notion and the Rise of the Ecosystem Resilience Theory
Hans Dieter Hellige

4. Essentials of Resilience, Revisited
David D. Woods

5. Overcoming Barriers to Greater Scientific Understanding of Critical Infrastructure Resilience
David L. Alderson

6. Resilient Systems as a Biomimetic Guiding Concept
Arnim von Gleich and Bernd Giese

7. From Probabilistic Risk Analysis to Resilience with Network Science: Lessons from the Literature and Best Practice
Mary Warner, Udit Bhatia and Auroop Ganguly

8. On the Difference between Risk Management and Resilience Management for Critical Infrastructures
Stefan Goessling-Reisemann and Pablo Thier

9. Resilience and Risk Governance: Current Discussion and Future Action
Benjamin D. Trump, Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones, Timothy Malloy and Igor Linkov

10. Resilience Engineering – Chances and Challenges for a Comprehensive Concept
Stefan Hiermaier, Benjamin Scharte, and Kai Fischer

PART II: Analyses and Applications
11. Analyzing the Resilience of a Transition: An Indicator-based Approach for Socio-technical Systems
Claudia R. Binder, Susan Mühlemeier and Romano Wyss

12. Leveraging Government Resiliency Assessments and Related Reports: Identifying and Redressing Recurring Gaps and Systemic Barriers through Content Analysis and Cross-Case Synthesis
Russell Bowman

13. A Survey Approach to Measuring the Cost-Effectiveness of Economic Resilience to Disasters
Noah Dormady, Adam Rose, Heather Rosoff and Alfredo Roa-Henriquez

14. Ecological Design for Urban Coastal Resilience
Ashley Cryan, Brian Helmuth and Steven Scyphers

15. Regime Shifts in Social-Ecological Systems
Kristi Maciejewski, Reinette, Biggs and Juan.C. Rocha

16. The reception of the resilience concept in the energy discourse, and genesis of the theory of resilient energy system design
Hans Dieter Hellige

17. IT-Security for Functional Resilience in Energy Systems: Effect-centric IT-Security
Lars Fischer and Sebastian Lehnhoff

18. Assessing Resilience in Energy System Change through an Energy Democracy Lens
Jennie C. Stephens

19. Reconciling Diverse Perspectives of Decision Makers on Resilience and Sustainability
Sahar Mirzaee, Matthias Ruth and David Fannon

20. Playable Problems: Game-Design Thinking for Civic Problem Solving
Eric Gordon


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