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Urban transitions and resilience of Eastern European Union cities

Alexandru Bănică () and Ionel Muntele ()
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Alexandru Bănică: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania
Ionel Muntele: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2017, vol. 8(2), 45-69

Abstract: Urban resilience is related to the capacity of cities to recover from disruptions, to maintain their functions and thrive after a sudden shock or a long-term stress, from economic crisis, from natural and technological disasters or climate change. The present study refers to former communist countries in Eastern Europe which are now integrated in the European Union (including Greece, by reasons of spatial coherence), namely the cities and agglomerations that have more than 500,000 inhabitants. The analysis focuses on the post-communist transitions of these cities reflected in certain socio-demographic, morphological and functional urban transformations, highlighted by indicators obtained by integrating data from different evaluations already carried out at the EU level. The results of multi-criterial statistical analysis reveal the identity of the analysed urban areas and the diffusion processes in resilience approaches from Western EU to Eastern countries and cities by adaptation practices implemented at different rhythms and to different degrees.

Keywords: urban transition; post-communist city; resilience capacity; multi-criteria analysis; clusters (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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