Resilienza delle infrastrutture sociali

Pubblicato on line un working paper in inglese con  la sintesi del workshop internazionale che Energie Sisma Emilia ha organizzato a Modena nel maggio 2016:

Enhancing the resilience of social infrastructures: issues on agents, artefacts and processes. Proceedings of the 2016 Modena Workshop#
DEMB Working Paper Series, ISSN on line: 2281-440X

Francesco Pagliacci*, Simone Righi** and Margherita Russo° (editors)
in collaboration with
Maurizio Casoni, Manuela Farinosi, Leopoldina Fortunati, Cristina Garzillo, Michael Guggenheim, Paolo Lauriola, Biagio Oppi, Stefano Pedrazzi, Katrina Petersen, Marco Villani

* Department of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) and CAPP,
** Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy) and CAPP,
° Department of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) and CAPP,,  corresponding author


In the social sciences domain, the term ‘resilience’ is usually associated to a wide set of changes that affect people and their communities. In particular, both the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015 and the Sendai Framework explicitly focus on the way in which communities face both natural and man-made hazards. To this respect, both material and non-material infrastructures play a critical role, hence deserving a specific focus when assessing local communities’ level of resilience. Among them, this paper focuses on: health services, social services, government (according to a multi-level perspective, from the national to the local level), communication infrastructure (i.e. specific tools to interconnect all aforementioned networks). Firstly, this paper discusses some of the most important issues and theoretical frameworks that should be addressed in the analysis of the processes of enhancing the resilience of social infrastructures. Secondly, the discussion that took place in a workshop promoted in May 2016 as the outcome of a one-year dialogue across a group of EU researchers is returned. The debate moves from some theoretical perspectives on resilience and it eventually returns some case studies and real experiences, such as the actions of local governments and the role of risk communication.

JEL: O35, R58, Q54
Keywords: social infrastructures, Sendai Framework, risk reduction, resilience


# This paper has been realized in the research project Energie Sisma Emilia ( of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). The project is co-funded by  Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale di Modena e Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia. The editors and the authors wish to thank Fabrizia Bedini, Giovanni Bonifati, Massimo Brunetti, Monica Büscher, Paolo Cardullo, Matteo Di Cristofaro, Ferdinando Di Maggio, Donata Franzi, Francesco R. Frieri, Luigi E. Golzio, Barbara Luppi, Christian Quintili, Francesca Pancotto, Anna Francesca Pattaro,  Laura Sartori, Roberto Serra and Paolo Silvestri for their comments to a previous version of this paper and for their contribution in the discussion during the international workshop “Enhancing the resilience of social infrastructures”, held in Modena, on 18th-19th May 2016.