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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

For a Special Issue on
Adaptive Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure

Manuscript deadline
26 August 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. David Trejo, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA
[email protected]

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Adaptive Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure

The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is a partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions that aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development. CDRI promotes rapid development of resilient infrastructure to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals’ imperatives of expanding universal access to basic services, enabling prosperity and decent work.

Today, uncertainty is increasing in the external environment. This is characterized by climate change and disaster risks, dynamic geopolitical situations, market conditions and changing behavior of people. Under this dynamic context, societies need to make long-term infrastructure investment decisions.

Building disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure systems is essential for long-term sustainable development. However, this will require dealing with uncertainties, and understanding causes and impacts of disasters through holistic, systemic, and multi-disciplinary analysis.  It will also require making robust decisions and shifting planning processes from static to dynamic, to achieve reliability of services under acute shocks and stresses from climate change and disasters.

Adaptive and integrated disaster resilience is defined as the ability of nations and communities to build resilience in an integrated manner and strengthen mechanisms to build system adaptiveness. It provides the ability to deal with complexities and uncertainties by designing institutional processes that function across scales, sectors, to engage with multiple stakeholders and to promote social learning [Djalante, R., Holley, C., & Thomalla, F. (2013). Pathways for adaptive and integrated disaster resilience. Natural Hazards]. In addition, adaptive pathways for resilient infrastructure seek to integrate flexibility into infrastructure planning decisions and is especially relevant for large-scale, long-term infrastructure projects. Depending on future states and dynamics, adaptive pathways highlight a series of actions which can be implemented progressively [ E.Werner, S., M.Wise, R., R.A.Butler, J., Totin, E., & Vincent, K. (2021). Adaptation pathways: A review of approaches and a learning framework. Environmental Science & Policy] for inclusive and resilient infrastructure.

While there have been applications of adaptive pathways to real-world settings, mainly in large-scale infrastructure projects, e.g., Rhine Delta, there is yet a gap in the adoption of this approach in dealing with uncertainty in different scales, contexts, governance, resource and cultural settings [Lawrence, J., & Haasnoot, M. (2017). What it took to catalyse uptake of dynamic adaptive pathways planning to address climate change uncertainty. Envrionmental Science & Policy]. In addition, drawing from the insights of Mexico City on adaptive pathways and coupled infrastructure, history also demonstrates that the very best solutions today may present critical challenges for tomorrow and that collectively people have far more agency and influence over complex systems [Tellman, B., Bausch, J. C., Eakin, H., Anderies, J. M., Mazari-Hiriart, M., Manuel-Navarrete, D., & Redman, C. L. (2018). Adaptive pathways and coupled infrastructure: seven centuries of adaptation to water risk and the production of vulnerability in Mexico City. Ecology and Society]

In this context, through the ‘Call for Papers’ on ‘Adaptive Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure’, we seek to address gaps and highlight solutions related to uptake and implementation of adaptive pathways, fostering resilience of infrastructure systems to disasters and climate change, towards long-term sustainability. This Special Issue seeks evidence-based science, case-studies, literature review, etc., targeted towards policymakers and practitioners.

The Special Issue may cover the following sub-themes related to adaptive pathways for resilient infrastructure (but not limited to):

  • Dynamic disaster and climate change risk assessments for resilient infrastructure development.
  • Strengthening stakeholder participation and collaboration for adaptive pathways to resilient infrastructure.
  • Implementation of adaptive pathways across sectors (telecommunication, power, transportation, health, urban, etc.) fostering resilience in complex and interdependent infrastructure systems.

Please note, high quality papers submitted to the Special Issue will be selected and the authors may be invited to further develop and discuss these at the CDRI - Technical Conference, planned for later this year.

Submission Instructions

Peer review is single-anonymous. Manuscripts should be uploaded for consideration via the dedicated Editorial Manager site. Please select “Adaptive Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure” from the Special Issue menu at submission.

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Concurrently with peer review, an international expert committee appointed by CDRI will receive the article titles, abstracts, and if required manuscripts (no author information will be shared), for further assessment on thematic scope of the Special Issue.

This Special Issue will be published as Open Access.

The Article Publishing Charges (APCs) will be covered by CDRI on behalf of the authors. CDRI will not participate in the peer review process nor final manuscript decisions. All published articles will contain a funding and declaration statement stating as much.

For questions about the special issue, please contact the Editor. For submission assistance or technical queries, please contact our Journals Helpdesk at [email protected].

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