A team of Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) Research Fellows—Dr. Ki Eun Kang, Dr. Ann Bowman, Dr. Bryce Hannibal, Dr. Sierra Woodruff and the late Dr. Kenty Portney have published their study of resilience policies and programs adopted by the 101 largest U.S. cities. In their article, “Ecological, Engineering and Community Resilience Policy Adoption in Large US Cities”, they developed clusters of policies related to three types of resilience: ecological, engineering, and community.
Similar to earlier work on sustainability and climate change policy, their results show that larger cities are more likely to adopt all three types of resilience policies. Wealthier and liberal cities adopt more ecological resilience policies. Cities that are members of city networks also adopt more policies, but not all networks significantly influence policy adoption suggesting that network goals and connections are important. They also find that among these large cities, it is the smaller of them that appear to benefit most from membership in networks.