Conceptualizing and measuring economic resilience of resource-based cities: Case study of Northeast China

Juntao Tan, Pingyu Zhang*, Tek Sheng Kevin LO, Jing Li, Shiwei Liu

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This paper develops a conceptual model and an indicator system for measuring economic resilience of resource-based cities based on the theory of evolutionary resilience and the related concepts of persistence, adaptation, and transformation. Nineteen resource- based cities in Northeast China were analyzed using the indicator system. The results showed that Liaoning and Jilin provinces had higher economic resilience than Heilongjiang Province. Panjin, Benxi, and Anshan in Liaoning Province were the top three cities, while Shuangyashan and other coal-based cities in Heilongjiang Province ranked last. Metals- and petroleum-based cities had significantly higher resilience than coal-based cities. The differences in persistence, adaptability, transformation, and resilience among resource-based cities decreased since the introduction of the Northeast Revitalization Strategy in 2003. Forestry-based cities improved the most in terms of resilience, followed by metals-based and multiple-resource cities; however, resilience dropped for coal-based cities, and petroleum-based cities falling the most. The findings illustrate the importance and the way to develop a differentiated approach to improve resilience among resource-based cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-481
Number of pages11
JournalChinese Geographical Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • economic resilience
  • Northeast China
  • resource-based cities


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