Building Resilient Regions

In partnership with the University of California at Berkeley and other collaborators, PERE is conducting research and related activities to support the Building Resilient Regions (BRR) project. The BRR network of researchers explore how regions matter, what constitutes regional success and resilience, and what factors – including regional asset bases, governance modes, actor choices and civic practices – help to build and sustain regional success and resilience.

The project includes maintenance of a research network on regions, a large-scale quantitative analysis of regional performance and variation, case study research that can illuminate regional challenges and responses, and the dissemination of the results to both academics and practitioners. Quantitatively measuring regions over time allows researchers to provide policy options based on continual adaptations of economic, demographic, and social forces. Capturing metropolitan transformation offers projections and how best to grapple with and address emerging issues.



Why Regions? Why Now? Who Cares?

By Manuel Pastor, T. William Lester, Justin Scoggins 
Journal of Urban Affairs, vol. 31, no. 3, 2009



Interactive tool measures whether regions are resilient in the face of rapid change or sudden shocks

Which U.S. metro region is most likely to come out of the next recession, natural disaster or other regional "shock" relatively unscathed?

The Resilience Capacity Index (RCI), developed by Kathryn A. Foster, director of the University of Buffalo's Regional Institute, includes more than 360 U.S. metros ranked for their regional resilience based on performance across 12 economic, socio-demographic, and community connectivity indicators, ranging from income equality and business environment to voter participation and the population with health insurance. It offers maps revealing geographic patterns in resilience capacity, detailed data profiles for each metro, and a "compare metros" tool.

Dr. Foster developed the tool as part of the Building Resilient Regions (BRR) network, a national network of experts on metropolitan regions funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by the University of California, Berkeley. USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity has also participated in the network, contributing data, studies, and analyses of issues like the degree of immigrant integration in America's metropolitan regions.

Find your metro and see how you rank - but more important how you and leaders in your area can develop policies and programs that can improve resilience, prosperity and inclusion.

The Immigrant Challenge

Part of a larger BRR project, the BBR Immigrant Challenge focuses on the challenges of immigration to U.S. metropolitan regions. This research examines the capacity of regions to handle rapid population change and to form new social compacts. We measure resilience by how much regions make of the assets of immigrants, whether they develop new places for integration and success, and if they succeed in building new social infrastructures to foster a shared regional identity.


Building Resilient Regions: The Immigration Challenge

By John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor
September 14, 2009

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