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Contributions of green infrastructure to enhancing urban resilience

Staddon, Chad; Ward, Sarah; De Vito, Laura; Zuniga-Teran, Adriana; Gerlak, Andrea K.; Schoeman, Yolandi; Hart, Aimee; Booth, Giles


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Chad Staddon
Professor/Associate Head of Department: Research and Scholarship

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Dr Sarah Ward
Associate Professor in Community Resilience (within CFCR)

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Dr Laura De Vito
Research Fellow in Air Quality Management Resource Centre

Adriana Zuniga-Teran

Andrea K. Gerlak

Yolandi Schoeman

Aimee Hart

Giles Booth


© 2018, The Author(s). After briefly reviewing key resilience engineering perspectives and summarising some green infrastructure (GI) tools, we present the contributions that GI can make to enhancing urban resilience and maintaining critical system functionality across complex integrated social–ecological and technical systems. We then examine five key challenges for the effective implementation of GI that include (1) standards; (2) regulation; (3) socio-economic factors; (4) financeability; and (5) innovation. We highlight ways in which these challenges are being dealt with around the world, particularly through the use of approaches that are both context appropriate and socially inclusive. Although progress surmounting these challenges has been made, more needs to be done to ensure that GI approaches are inclusive and appropriate and feature equally alongside more traditional ‘grey’ infrastructure in the future of urban resilience planning. This research was undertaken for the Resilience Shift initiative to shift the approach to resilience in practice for critical infrastructure sectors. The programme aims to help practitioners involved in critical infrastructure to make decisions differently, contributing to a safer and better world.


Staddon, C., Ward, S., De Vito, L., Zuniga-Teran, A., Gerlak, A. K., Schoeman, Y., …Booth, G. (2018). Contributions of green infrastructure to enhancing urban resilience. Environment Systems and Decisions, 38(3), 330-338.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 27, 2018
Publication Date Sep 1, 2018
Journal Environment Systems and Decisions
Print ISSN 2194-5403
Electronic ISSN 2194-5411
Publisher Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Pages 330-338
Keywords green infrastructure, water, resilience
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