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Urban systems have been following accelerated growth in the last century, having unprecedented impacts on natural ecosystems. Certainly, cities have become the epicenter of economic development and job creation. However, the increasing attraction of people and economic activity has led to a significant disequilibrium among cities, towns, and villages. COVID-19 pandemic put in evidence this situation, making it necessary to ensure the resilient capacity of territorial planning to ensure competitiveness and equal opportunities for sustainable livelihoods in harmony with the environment and social boundaries.

EMEA launches a new research initiative on territorial resilience. The aim is to focus on territorial resilience amidst and post COVID-19 pandemic and explore the dimensions of an integrated approach including environmental, economic, and social dynamics considering the complexity of interconnected settlements. The results of this research will also contribute to the research work under the TRIS Economic Model developed by EMEA.