Social-ecological resilience across cases
This working group compares social-ecological resilience outcomes across case-studies and explores the underlying factors.
Social-ecological resilience represents a vital precondition of sustainability in the constantly changing and uncertain conditions of today’s world. Resilient social-ecological systems (SES) have the capacity to adapt to change and to utilize new opportunities emerging from changing conditions. However, which features are the most influential for building social-ecological resilience?
While the theory of social-ecological resilience has been gradually developing in the past two decades, practical examinations of the specific features building social-ecological resilience have been scarce so far. The aim of this research group thus is to apply resilience theory on an array of place-based case studies and assess specific features of complex social-ecological systems that enhance systems’ resilience and transformative potential.
We focus on small-scale fisheries (SSF) as representative examples of local- to regional-scale SES, defined around a single key natural resource and its exploitation. Building upon SSFs with well-established social-ecological research, we compare the resilience outcomes of selected SSF case studies and examine the underlying features.
Our research explores how social-ecological resilience theory and place-based research can be combined and synthesised to derive conclusions relevant at higher spatial scales, with a potential to inform strategies towards sustainability.
For further illustration of the methodological approach, see Chapter 4 of the Arctic Resilience Report 2016.