Summer reading. Three new books take a resilience lens on topics ranging from changing social-ecological systems, a corporate perspective on resilience, and governing marine protected areas.


Résilience Environnement: Penser les changements socio-ecologiques.
Raphaël Mathevet & François Bousquet.

Turbulence: A corporate perspective on collaborating for resilience. Edited by Roland Kupers. (E book download)

Governing Marine Protected Areas: Resilience through diversity. By Peter J.S. Jones.




Resilience assessment in practice: Shared learning to evaluate, innovate and extend a community of practice. A workshop for researchers and practitioners was held in Montpellier, France on May 2, 2014. Twenty participants shared their experiences with resilience assessment around four themes: regional planning, international development, education and teaching, and rapid change hotspots. Read more about the workshop and community of practice here.



Resilience 2014, in Montpellier, France 4-8 May 2014, had over 900 conference delegates. A focus on dialogue among resilience and development research and practice communities, provided a forum for knowledge exchange at an international scale.  Event highlights can be found via the @resilience2014 twitter feed, a Masterclass video with Brian Walker, Luca Alinovi, and Melissa Leach, and photos in the field with the off-site sessions


Resilience Connections Network - Launching Autumn 2014! The Resilience Alliance is pleased to announce the formation of a new global online platform for multidisciplinary engagement on resilience thinking related to social-ecological systems. Read more.



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.




A discussion paper on General Resilience by Brian Walker and colleagues presents insights from a catchment management area workshop in south eastern Australia.  The paper synthesizes components of general resilience and aims to stimulate discussion on how it might be managed. Read the paper here.



  Nominations for the Elinor Ostrom Award are due by the 30th of August, 2014.  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 Practice of Ecology & Society Award is given annually to the individual or organization that is the most effective in bringing transdisciplinary science of the interactions of ecology and society into practice.  Nominations for this year's award are due by July 1, 2014. Visit E&S to learn more about the annual award and to read the articles written about past recipients.





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Social-Ecological Resilience and Law

U.S. Environmental law envisions ecological systems as existing in an equilibrium state, reinforcing a rigid legal framework unable to absorb rapid environmental changes and innovations in sustainability. For the past four decades, “resilience theory,” which embraces uncertainty and nonlinear dynamics in complex adaptive systems, has provided a robust, invaluable foundation for sound environmental management. Reforming American law to incorporate this knowledge is the key to sustainability. This volume features top legal and resilience scholars speaking on resilience theory and its legal applications to climate change, biodiversity, national parks, and water law.  The book is available from the publisher's website.







Resilience Practice 

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



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