Alex Jachnow


Urban resilience can be defined, thus, as the capacity of the community to prepare, prevent, anticipate, and overcome a possible negative risk by their own means. In other words, a resilient community is capable of designing and implementing its action plans reducing significantly the probability of harm. Considering this definition, there are cases of strong communities which have been able to build resilience due to the institutional capacity of local governments to bong, bridge, and link procedures, action plans, and frameworks to facilitate the development of bottom-up approaches in adaptation measures. An example of a resilient city and community is the city of Barcelona.


How to Cite
Jachnow, A. (2021) “Bonding, Bridging, and Linking: Empowering citizens in building resilient communities”, The Journal of Public Space, 6(2). doi: 10.32891/jps.v6i2.1623.
Author Biography

Alex Jachnow, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dr. Alexander Jachnow is an urban development specialist with more than 20 years of working experience as a researcher and advisor in the fields of urban capacity development. He works on urban policies, planning and strategies, including policy research and National Urban Policies. He advises and collaborates with organizations and DC agencies such as Cities Alliance, DFID, European Commission, GIZ, KfW, OECD, SDI, UN Habitat and UNESCO as well as local and national governments worldwide.