The economic crisis has had a profound impact on many urban European areas. However, the crisis’s impact was not equally severe across all urban areas. Some regions have demonstrated more resilience than others. This puzzling difference begs the questions as to why this is the case. The Resilient Cities project aims to answer this question; the project focuses on how different European regions have responded to economic shocks, and how successful they have been in developing new industries. Furthermore, the project will look at whether there is a connection between economic resilience and social wellbeing. This project seeks to find out if regions that are strongly linked with other regions are more resilient, and which institutions and policy approaches will yield the best results. The project will use quantitative analysis of regions in the EU27. Specifically, it will conduct an in-depth analysis of the cities of Rotterdam, the Netherlands; London, the United Kingdom; Patras, Greece; Warsaw, Poland; La Coruna, Spain, and Linköping, Sweden.