Resilience and Urban Disasters
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Resilience and Urban Disasters

Surviving Cities

Edited by Kamila Borsekova and Peter Nijkamp

This book addresses unexpected disasters and shocks in cities and urban systems by providing quantitative and qualitative tools for impact analysis and disaster management. Including environmental catastrophes, political turbulence and economic shocks, Resilience and Urban Disasters explores a large range of tumultuous events and key case studies to thoroughly cover these core areas. In particular, the socio-economic impacts on urban systems that are subject to disasters are explored.
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Chapter 6: Resilience of urban systems in the context of urban transformation: lessons from Beykoz-Istanbul

Tuba İnal-Çekiç and Mehmet Doruk Özügül


Tourism is one of the most economically important industries in Turkey. Istanbul is the most attractive tourist destination in Turkey with historical and cultural heritage and natural beauty. However, stressors and shocks such as political turmoil and economic crises threaten its sustainability. Knowing the risks can lead to the development of strategies for reducing vulnerability and building resilience. This chapter assesses Istanbul’s vulnerability and resilience and presents strategies for building a more resilient tourism industry in Istanbul. The current situation was analysed using SWOT analysis. SWOT analysis facilitates decision-making by determining the internal capabilities and limits (strengths and weaknesses) and external conditions (opportunities and threats) in a given context. SWOT factors were weighted using the analytical_hierarchy process (AHP) method. As a result, six strategies for Istanbul were determined using the TOWS method.

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