Resilience courses

The 2024 Resilience Alliance short course is being offered in collaboration with NSERC ResNet and The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).

We are delighted to announce that the 5-day course will take place in-person and is an official side-event of the PECS-3: Pathways to Sustainability conference taking place in Montreal, Canada the following week.


The week-long immersive course will run from August 5-9, 2024 at Le Baluchon Éco-villégiature, near Montreal, Canada. Course participants will benefit from a small-group format and an intensive learning-by-doing program that draws on the expertise of scholars in resilience and sustainability research networks.



Research methods for resilience and sustainability science. The course will focus on research methods that are commonly used in studying social-ecological systems, with a special emphasis on participatory and place-based methods. Drawing on The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems, the course offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from leaders in the field, whilst connecting with other students and early-career researchers from around the world.



The five-day immersive course will take place at a rural eco-retreat center outside of Montreal from Monday August 5 to Friday August 9. All course participants and instructors will stay on-site at Le Baluchon ( A mix of engaging lectures and presentations will be delivered by course instructors, along with daily group project activities and scheduled outdoor time for recreation and reflection. A course pack with the detailed program, readings, and other material will be shared in advance. Attendees are expected to participate fully throughout the course being present for all plenary and group sessions, meals and other activities that are part of the formal program.



Allyson Quinlan (Convener) - Resilience Alliance, Canada
Patty Balvanera- National University of Mexico, Mexico
Reinette Biggs - University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Alta de Vos - Rhodes University, South Africa
Lance Gunderson - Emory University, USA
Garry Peterson - Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden



Post-graduate students including PhD, Post-docs and early-career researchers are invited to apply by completing the online application form. We are seeking to gather a diverse team of participants from across the globe, with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We want to know your motivations for participating in the course and what you will bring to the group. Submit your application here:

Application deadline is February 29, 2024.



We are offering a sliding course fee structure. The full course cost is $2000 USD per participant. A number of partial and full scholarships are currently available and we are seeking additional sources of funding to ensure inclusivity. If accepted, a course deposit of $500 USD will be due by March 29. Course fees cover: chartered bus between Montreal and Le Baluchon, 5 days and 4 nights accommodation in a single occupancy room, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks), outdoor activities, meeting space and course instruction.



Please direct any questions to Allyson Quinlan (

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