What is Community Resilience?
Community resilience, described as the “thriving and bouncing back [and forward] from environmental and social shocks,” continues to grow as an area of study and a guide to building better cities. Though there is a greater focus on urban areas, rural areas have similar concerns, from natural disasters to demographic shifts.
While community resilience is becoming more reliant on technology, people are still “at the heart of the process,” which falls in line with the observation that “sustainability and resilience depends on the continuous development of human and social capitals” (Arup online n.d.; McDermott et al 2016) This emphasis on human and social capitals is new: previously, too much focus went to physical capitals (e.g. products and services).