The winners of the First Edition of the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons have been announced at the XIV International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Global Conference. The award, which honors the legacy of Elinor Ostrom reflects her own passion for research on the commons, collective action, and related institutions, as well as her legacy of mentoring young researchers and colleagues. The first recipients of the award include practitioner groups, senior scholars and young scholars.
Arctic Resilience Interim Report 2013
The Arctic Resilience Interim Report was released at the Kiruna Ministerial meeting on May 15. The 125 page report is a project of the Arctic Council and many RA members were involved with the report both as contributing and lead authors. The ARR aims to identify the potential for large shifts in ecosystem services that affect human well-being, as well as to analyse interactions among drivers of change that affect the resilience of integrated social-ecological systems, and lastly to evaluate strategies for adaptation and transformation during periods of rapid change. For more information on the Arctic Resilience Report visit the Arctic Council website to learn more and to download a copy of the report. Additional information including a press release and video interview with project leaders is available from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Christo Fabricius speaks at Water for Food conference
Christo Fabricius, Leader of the Sustainability Research Unit at Nelson Mandela Metroplitan University (NMMU) in South Africa and the Resilience Alliance's Science Leader, delivered a plenary presentation on "Resilience Thinking and the Sustainability of Agricultural Systems" at the Water for Food 2013 Global Conference. Using many examples and case studies from different regions of Africa, Christo asserted that collaboration and trust-building are at the heart of resilience thinking and practice. To avoid further slipping into the "basin of bankruptcy" we must seek out and invest in innovations to explore and create options for change. (Presentation on Slideshare)
Resilience Assessment Workbook for Practitioners 2.0
A fully revised workbook complete with new examples, updated framework, and an expanded section on synthesizing the assessment findings provides an alternative way of thinking about and practicing natural resource management.
Visit resilience assessment to download the workbook and browse new online resources including examples of key concept applications, an annotated bibliography, and an open database of resilience assessment projects.
Resilience Practice builds on the insights of Resilience Thinking published in 2006, extending the line of enquiry from how much in the way of shocks natural systems can handle to how can these systems that sustain us be managed to strengthen their resilience. Published in August 2012, Resilience Practice answers a growing call for the need to better understand how to implement resilience in the day-to-day management of social-ecological systems. For more information or to order the book, visit the publisher websites: Island Press andCSIRO.
Collaborative Resilience: Moving Through Crisis to Opportunity
Edited by Bruce Goldstein (2011). Contributors examine efforts to collaborate after natural disaster, technological failure, economic collapse, or acts of violence, and describe how communities have survived and even thrived by building trust and interdependence. Cases include environmental assessment in Cozumel, Mexico, governance of the Montana's Blackfoot Valley, fisheries management in Southeast Asia's Mekong region; and restoration of fire regimes in the U.S. Visit the author's website.
Social Network Analysis: A quantitative approach to the study of social relations
In this book, edited by Orjan Bodin and Cristina Prell (2011), the use of the SNA in studying natural resource management is explored. The authors show how the relational approach provides the means to uncover and analyze the complex patterns of interactions among actors that characterize most real-world governance settings and how this can be used to explain various governance outcomes. The book is available here on the Cambridge University Press website.
Spatial Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems By Graeme Cumming (2011). The first book to comprehensively cover the influence of spatial variation on the resilience of social-ecological systems. From the publisher's website "This book will become a shining star, a classic in the explosion of new ideas and approaches to studying and understanding social-ecological systems" Carl Folke, Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience and Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics.
Foundations of Ecological Resilience Edited by Lance Gunderson, Craig Allen, and C.S. Buzz Holling (2010). From the publisher's website "Foundations of Ecological Resilience is a collection of the most important articles on the subject of ecological resilience - those writings that have defined and developed basic concepts in the field and help explain its importance and meaning for scientists and researchers."
Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship: Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management in a Changing World. The first textbook to take a resilience-based approach to natural resource management is now available from the publisher’s website. Written for students, researchers, and practitioners, the textbook links current research with practical applications for managing ecosystems in times of change and uncertainty. Edited by Resilience Alliance members Stuart F. Chapin, Gary Kofinas, and Carl Folke.
Resilience Thinking A book by CSIRO scientist and RA Program Director Brian Walker and science writer David Salt provides an accessible introduction to resilience research and argues for a dramatic change in how natural resources are managed. The resilience framework is explored by way of five case studies that demonstrate how communities are better able to withstand cycles of change when ecological drivers are better understood and when natural change is embraced rather than controlled. Copies of the book can be ordered online from Island Press
Resilience Assessment Workbooks - The RA has developed two workbooks for assessing resilience in social-ecological systems - one for natural resource managers and practitioners and a second for research scientists. Both employ strategic questions and activities designed to explore system parameters and management options for social-ecological systems from a resilience perspective.
Join the RA's researcher database, submit your own profile, and search the database to find others working in your field. Anyone may submit their information for review and inclusion in the database. Database fields include: name, institution, position, country, geographic area of research, keywords, brief summary of research interests, and contact information.
Join the RA's email group for graduate students and post-docs doing resilience-related research. The email group is open to all graduate students/post-docs who are interested in discussing resilience research and sharing information on events, conferences, literature, etc. Read More.