Finding Resilience

Change and Uncertainty in Nature and Society

May 2019
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  • Published
    9th May 2019
  • ISBN 9781789241594
  • Language English
  • Pages 168 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images b/w photos

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




Brian Walker

Brian Walker has conducted and led research on resilience in social-ecological systems around the world. He was Senior Lecturer at the University in Zimbabwe, Professor of Ecology in South Africa and Chief of Australia's CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology. He is a past-Chair of the international Resilience Alliance and of the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics in Stockholm, and is now an Honorary CSIRO Fellow and Honorary Professor at The Australian National University.