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Measuring regional resilience towards fossil fuel supply constraints. Adaptability and vulnerability in socio-ecological Transformations-the case of Austria

Politi, Emilio and Exner, Andreas and Schriefl, Ernst and Erker, Susanna and Stangl, Rosemarie and Baud, Sascha and Paulesich, Reinhard and Warmuth, Hannes and Matzenberger, Julian and Kranzl, Lukas and Windhaber, Markus and Supper, Susanne and Stöglehner, Gernot (2016) Measuring regional resilience towards fossil fuel supply constraints. Adaptability and vulnerability in socio-ecological Transformations-the case of Austria. Energy Policy, 91. pp. 128-137. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

Resilience has become a prominent concept to understand system vulnerabilities flexible ways of adapting to crises. Recently, it gained importance in discussions a the possible peak in oil production (peak oil) and its consequences, which might a economic performance, social well-being and political stability, and thus also the e transition to a low-carbon economy. The paper presents a new way of measuring resilience as absolute resilience related to a best practice-model of a resilient socie The resilience model is grounded in explicit theoretical assumptions. All indicators justified by theoretical and empirical arguments. We present a case study of Austr municipalities and broader-scale spatial types, which were defined according to th degree of urbanization. The mean resilience of Austrian municipalities is moderate difference between resilience values of municipalities is small. Significant different between spatial types exist. Higher resilience is displayed by less urbanized types due to a higher share of agricultural activities and a more favorable level of GDP per capita. Austria has considerable latitude to improve resilience. Corresponding policies should target resilience components with the lowest values first. A sole focus on regionalization is not recommended. These conclusions are applicable to OECD countries in general. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Resilience / Energy / Peak oil / Vulnerability / Innovation / Social capital
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Reinhard Paulesich
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 15:08
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 16:29
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/76370/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4937

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