Change and Uncertainty in Nature and Society
Floods, fires, famines, epidemics and disasters of all kinds are on the increase, and as their frequency rises so does the call for greater resilience. But what does that mean?
The word is used differently in psychology, ecology, economics and engineering and runs the risk of becoming meaningless jargon. This would be most unfortunate because, if we are to successfully navigate very real and dangerous global trends, it is resilience that needs to be understood and fostered.
Finding Resilience is international in scope and unravels how ecosystems, societies and people cope with disturbance and adversity. Written for a general readership and based on the experiences of researchers, these fascinating stories from around the world reveal what resilience is, how it works in different kinds of systems, how it is expressed, and how it can be gained and lost.
Part I: What’s it all About
1) Connections in a Changing World
2) Another Pathway
Part II: Encountering Resilience in Nature
3) Living Together in Ecosystems
4) Ecological Choreography
5) Disturbance, Change and Diversity
Part III: The Nature of Resilience in Society
6) Coping With Life
7) Living Together in Society
8) Weathering Crisis
Part IV: Nature, Society and Resilience
9) Unintended Outcomes
10) Growing Pains
Part V: A Way Forward
11) Changing Cultures
12) A Resilience Pathway
Epilogue: What’s it all About