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The Metis Center Library provides links to critical readings by theme that the associated faculty have curated that represent foundational thinking for Sustainable Engineering and Resilient Infrastructure.

Sustainable Engineering

Allenby, B., & Chester, M. (in press). Infrastructure and the Environment in the Anthropocene. Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Allenby, B., & Chester, M. (2018). Reconceptualizing Infrastructure in the AnthropoceneIssues in Science and Technology34(3).

Allenby, B. (2005). Reconstructing Earth Technology and Environment in the Age of Humans. Island Press. ISBN: 978-1597260152.

Allenby, B., & Sarewitz, D. (2013). Techno-human condition. The MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0262294409.

Allenby, B. (2011). The theory and practice of sustainable engineering. Pearson. ISBN: 978-0133002218.

Allenby, B., & Chester, M. V. (2018). Toward adaptive infrastructure: Flexibility and agility in a non-stationary ageSustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 3(1), pp. 1-19. doi: 10.1080/23789689.2017.1416846.

Kaplan, S., & Garrick, B. J. (1981). On The Quantitative Definition of RiskRisk Analysis, 1(1), pp. 11-27. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.1981.tb01350.x.

Resilient Infrastructure

Ahern, J. (2011). From fail-safe to safe-to-fail: Sustainability and resilience in the new urban worldLandscape and Urban Planning, 100(4), pp. 341-343. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.02.021.

Alderson, D. L., Brown, G. G., & Carlyle, W. M. (2015). Operational Models of Infrastructure ResilienceRisk Analysis,  35(4), pp. 562-586. doi: 10.1111/risa.12333.

Anderies, J. M., Folke, C., Walker, B., & Ostrom, E. (2013). Aligning Key Concepts for Global Change Policy: Robustness, Resilience, and SustainabilityEcology and Society, 18(2). doi: 10.5751/es-05178-180208.

Cutter, S., Barnes, L., Berry, M., Burton, C., Evans, E., Tate, E., & Webb, J. (2008). A place-based model for understanding community resilience to natural disastersGlobal Environmental Change, 18(4), pp. 598-606. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.07.013.

Francis, R., & Bekera, B. (2014). A metric and frameworks for resilience analysis of engineered and infrastructure systemsReliability Engineering & System Safety, 121, pp. 90-103. doi: 10.1016/j.ress.2013.07.004.

Hollnagel, E. (2014). Resilience engineering and the built environmentBuilding Research & Information, 42(2), pp. 221-228. doi: 10.1080/09613218.2014.862607.

Hosseini, S., Barker, K., & Ramirez-Marquez, J. E. (2016). A review of definitions and measures of system resilienceReliability Engineering & System Safety, 145, pp. 47-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ress.2015.08.006.

Park, J., Seager, T. P., & Rao, P. S. (2011). Lessons in risk- versus resilience-based design and managementIntegrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 7(3), pp. 396-399. doi:10.1002/ieam.228.

Park, J., Seager, T. P., Rao, P. S., Convertino, M., & Linkov, I. (2013). Integrating Risk and Resilience Approaches to Catastrophe Management in Engineering SystemsRisk Analysis, 33(3), pp. 356-367. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01885.x.

Rinaldi, S., Peerenboom, J., & Kelly, T. (2001). Identifying, understanding, and analyzing critical infrastructure interdependenciesIEEE Control Systems, 21(6), pp. 11-25. doi: 10.1109/37.969131.

Seager, T. P., Clark, S. S., Eisenberg, D. A., Thomas, J. E., Hinrichs, M. M., Kofron, R., . . . Alderson, D. L. (2017). Redesigning Resilient Infrastructure ResearchNATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security Resilience and Risk, pp. 81-119. doi: 10.1007/978-94-024-1123-2_3.

Walker, B., Holling, C. S., Carpenter, S. R., & Kinzig, A. P. (2004). Resilience, Adaptability and Transformability in Social-ecological SystemsEcology and Society, 9(2). doi: 10.5751/es-00650-090205.

Woods, D. D. (2015). Four concepts for resilience and the implications for the future of resilience engineeringReliability Engineering & System Safety, 141, pp. 5-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ress.2015.03.018.


Infrastructure and Climate Change

Adger, W. (2006). VulnerabilityGlobal Environmental Change, 16(3), pp. 268-281. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2006.02.006.

Biggs, R., Schlüter, M., Biggs, D., Bohensky, E. L., Burnsilver, S., Cundill, G., . . . West, P. C. (2012). Toward Principles for Enhancing the Resilience of Ecosystem ServicesAnnual Review of Environment and Resources, 37(1), pp. 421-448. doi: 10.1146/annurev-environ-051211-123836.

Gallopín, G. C. (2006). Linkages between vulnerability, resilience, and adaptive capacityGlobal Environmental Change, 16(3), pp. 293-303. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2006.02.004.

Olsen, J., Ed. (2015). Adapting infrastructure and civil engineering practice to a changing climateAmerican Society of Civil Engineers. ISBN: 9780784479193.

Smit, B., & Wandel, J. (2006). Adaptation, adaptive capacity and vulnerabilityGlobal Environmental Change, 16(3), pp. 282-292. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2006.03.008.

Defense and Security

Carse, A. (n.d.). ‘Keyword: Infrastructure: How a humble French engineering term shaped the modern world’, in Harvey, P., Bruun Jensen, C., and Morita, A. (eds) Infrastructures and Social Complexity, pp. 27-39. ISBN: 978-1138654945.

Clark, S. S., Seager, T., & Chester, M. (2018). A Capabilities Approach to the Prioritization of Critical InfrastructureSustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 3(1), pp. 1-19. doi: 10.1080/23789689.2017.1416846.

Department of Homeland Security. (2013). Nipp 2013 – Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.

DHS Risk Lexicon.(2010). Risk Steering Committee.