Assessing Future Resilience, Equity, and Sustainability in Scenario Planning

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In the absence of strong international agreements, many municipal governments are leading efforts to build resilience to climate change in general and to extreme weather events in particular. However, it is notoriously difficult to guide and activate processes of change in complex adaptive systems such as cities. Participatory scenario planning with city professionals and members of civil society provides an opportunity to coproduce positive visions of the future. Yet, not all visions are created equal. In this chapter, we introduce the Resilience, Equity, and Sustainability Qualitative (RESQ) assessment tool that we have applied to compare positive scenario visions for cities in the USA and Latin America. We use the tool to examine the visions of the two desert cities in the Urban Resilience to Extreme Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), which are Hermosillo (Mexico) and Phoenix (United States).


  • Marta Berbés-Blázquez
  • Nancy B. Grimm
  • Elizabeth M. Cook
  • David M. Iwaniec
  • Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson
  • Vivian Hobbins
  • Darin Wahl
External organisations
  • Arizona State University
  • Barnard College
  • Georgia State University
  • Sonora Institute Of Technology
  • USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Environmental Management


  • Climate resilience, Extreme weather events, Future visions, RESQ assessment, Sustainability
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Book Series
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameUrban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588