Resilience in the shadow of systemic risks


  • Seda Kundak image/svg+xml Istanbul Technical University

    Assoc.Prof. Seda Kundak received her Ph.D. (2006) in Urban Planning about earthquake risk analysis from ITU. She attended graduate programs on earthquake and disaster resilient cities at the University of Geneva, ETH Zurich and Kobe University. She completed her postdoctoral research at the Politecnico di Milano in the EU 7th Framework Program Project on vulnerability and urban resilience. Between 2008-2009, she contributed to the preparation of consultancy and training materials in the ISMEP (Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project) project. She has consulted and authored books published by Istanbul Governorship and AFAD on urban risks and risk mitigation efforts. She was a board member of the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe between 2012-2020 and organized the SRA-Europe Congress in Istanbul in 2014. She was the president of SRA-Europe between 2017-2019. In 2017, she was awarded the international Distinguished Lecturer award by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and Sigma-Xi for her work on risk issues and contributions to science. In 2022, she received the SRA Fellow award for his work in the field of risk analysis and his initiatives to bring together risk researchers, especially in the Eastern and Southeastern Europe. She conducted national and international projects on risk perception, disaster logistics, urban crime and resilience. She is currently working as a leading partner in the PARATUS Project supported under the HORIZON Europe - Disaster Resilient Society 2021 call.



systemic risks, resilience, planning, development, disaster migitation


Systemic risks possess a high level of complexity and uncertainty that can be latent behind the veil of initial stress of possible disasters. They refer to, on the one hand, the functionality of interconnected systems and, on the other hand, the probability of indirect losses which can propagate through larger territories. Once considering the solid definition of resilience by the United Nations, the emphasis tends on systems’ ability to different facets of disturbance rather than the performance of the sum of each singular entity confronting the main shock. This paper aims to provide a broader perspective and a systematic review focusing on the commons of resilience and systemic risks in the frame of risk mitigation. The outcomes highlight the urgency of multidisciplinary actions, which have not been achieved yet since the 1999s earthquakes.


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Kundak, S. (2023). Resilience in the shadow of systemic risks . Journal of Design for Resilience in Architecture and Planning, 4(1), 01–15.



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