Themes: SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS | ECOSYSTEM SERVICES | GOVERNANCE & PEOPLE |
SCALE & PANARCHY | REGIME SHIFTS | RESILIENCE ANALYSIS & PRACTICE
Research by RA members cuts across disciplines and takes a systems approach to understanding the dynamics of social-ecological systems. RA research themes encompass the concepts of resilience, adaptation, and transformation. We look at interactions between different levels or scales, from the household to the globe, and thrive on doing comparisons and synthesizing information across different sectors and regions.
The body of knowledge developed by RA members includes thousands of peer-reviewed articles and numerous books. RA members are based at research institutions in 12 countries, and many have served in leadership positions on a variety of international projects (e.g., International Panel on Climate Change, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Program on Ecosystem Change and Society and Diversitas). In addition to coordinating research activities among members through strategic working groups and hosting an annual science meeting, the RA co-hosts an open science conference on resilience every three years.
A new booklet from the Stockholm Resilience Centre outlines seven principles for applying resilience thinking and is based on the book "Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems" published by Cambridge University Press (2014) and available soon. The book expands on an earlier review article that emerged from a project of the Resilience Alliance Young Scholars (RAYS) group.