The role of urban resilience in research and its contribution to sustainability

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Urban resilience is an emergent concept that is receiving an increasing attention. Its definition is linked with the ability of an urban system to resist, maintain continuity and recover through all stresses while adapting and transforming towards sustainability. The aim of this study is two-fold. First, we analyse the research output on urban resilience using bibliometric techniques and Web of Science (WoS) in order to define the scope and identify topics in the urban resilience literature. CiteSpace software is used to establish the intellectual framework. Second, their contribution to sustainability dimensions and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on the research output is explored. For that purpose, we examined 1014 publications during the period 1998¿2020. The findings reveal urban resilience literature has grown since the 2009.A specialization in recent years from more theoretical research to a more practical is identified. In terms of contribution towards sustainability, the findings show the number of publications that directly address sustainability is scarce and more balanced to environmental and social perspectives. These findings can provide a better understanding of the patterns and trends in the field and provides first evidence of the contribution of academic research on urban resilience to sustainability.
Adaptation, Bibliometrics, Research for sustainable development, Socio-Ecological systems, Urban resilience, Resilient cities
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Bautista-Puig, N., Benayas, J., Mañana-Rodríguez, J., Suárez, M., & Sanz-Casado, E. (2022). The role of urban resilience in research and its contribution to sustainability. In Cities (Vol. 126, p. 103715). Elsevier BV.