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Slow Seminar no. 31

Building Resilience – A development renaissance or repackaging?

2017.03.02 | Mia Korsbæk

Date Wed 19 Apr
Time 16:45 19:30
Location Nobel Park, Jens Christian Schous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1451, room 518.

AURA Post.doc Alark Saxena will be presenting our next Slow seminar.

Resilience, in the last decade, has moved from a peripheral ecological idea to a central concept in major global debates, e.g. achieving sustainable development goals, adapting to climate change, building cities for future and creating food secure systems. This slow seminar will explore the evolution of resilience thinking and how it is operationalized. The key questions for the seminar are:

1)      What are the advantages and challenges of engaging with resilience theory?

2)      How can we build on the strengths of resilience thinking while minimizing pitfalls?

3)      What is the future of resilience thinking?

4)      What are the areas of convergence in resilience thinking and the Anthropocene?



1)    Folke, C. 2016. Resilience (Republished). Ecology and Society 21(4):44


2)    Olsson, L., Jerneck, A., Thoren, H., Persson, J., & O’Byrne, D. (2015). Why resilience is unappealing to social science: Theoretical and empirical investigations of the scientific use of resilience. Science advances, 1(4), e1400217.


3)    Redman, C. L. 2014. Should sustainability and resilience be combined or remain distinct pursuits? Ecology and Society 19(2): 37.


4)    Xu, L., & Raphaely, T. (2017). What Can We Do Better for Sustainability in an Uncertain Future?. In Technology, Society and Sustainability (pp. 251-261). Springer International Publishing.


5)    Béné, C., Wood, R. G., Newsham, A., & Davies, M. (2012). Resilience: new utopia or new tyranny? Reflection about the potentials and limits of the concept of resilience in relation to vulnerability reduction programmes. IDS Working Papers, 2012(405), 1-61.


Please also read:  

Li Xu and Talia Raphaely: What Can We Do Better for Sustainability in an Uncertain Future? (attached as pdf below)