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FutureproofHow to Build Resilience in an Uncertain World$
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Jon Coaffee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300228670

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300228670.001.0001

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Responsive Critical Infrastructure Lifelines

Responsive Critical Infrastructure Lifelines

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Jon Coaffee

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses responsive critical infrastructure lifelines. Here, the complex interconnectedness of infrastructures, governance, economic growth, and social need gives rise to risk. In response, the drive for resilient infrastructure requiring redundancy, diversity of approach, and more than just a ‘Plan A’, underpins the maintenance of services that are essential for everyday life. It is here that resilience ideas have gained prominence as one method of securing critical infrastructure lifelines from the likely, but uncertain, impact of multiple vulnerabilities. Resilience is the way in which the promoting of adaptive capacities is currently sold to the providers of potentially vulnerable critical services. Such vulnerability increasingly characterises the volatility of the contemporary world and must be mitigated and adaptively managed if catastrophic social and environmental effects are to be avoided. Most recently, within the realm of cyber-security, resilience-thinking has further achieved a high degree of prominence due to open and interconnected technology environments that are embedded in the control centres of critical lifeline services.

Keywords:   infrastructures, interconnectedness, technology environments, resilient infrastructure, responsive infrastructure, vulnerability, critical infrastructure lifelines, critical lifeline services

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