Handbook on Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems
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Handbook on Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems

Edited by Matthias Ruth and Stefan Goessling-Reisemann

The goal to improve the resilience of social systems – communities and their economies – is increasingly adopted by decision makers. This unique and comprehensive Handbook focuses on the interdependencies of these social systems and the technologies that support them. Special attention is given to the ways in which resilience is conceptualized by different disciplines, how resilience may be assessed, and how resilience strategies are implemented. Case illustrations are presented throughout to aid understanding.
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Chapter 10: Resilience Engineering: chances and challenges for a comprehensive concept

Stefan Hiermaier, Benjamin Scharte and Kai Fischer


Ever more complex socio-technical systems enable modern societies to profit from most technological developments in everyday life. New means of communication and transport, cheap energy and supply goods as well as stable global business opportunities are the basis for the comfortable environment many modern civilizations have to offer. The related technological innovations involve manifold interdependencies and complexities in the system behavior never known before. As a consequence, safe operation of critical infrastructure and secure environment for societies have to face a new quality of challenges demanding for new approaches in safety and security research.

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