Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities

Makere Stewart-Harawira & Jordan Kinder (Eds.) Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities, McCullum Press. doi: 10.7939/R38K75B1W

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2018-903

193 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2018

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Jordan Kinder

University of Alberta - Faculty of Arts

Makere Stewart-Harawira

University of Alberta

Thian Gan

University of Alberta - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Seth P. Bryant

University of Alberta - Faculty of Engineering

Evan Davies

University of Alberta - Faculty of Engineering

David Percy

Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

Cameron Jeffries

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law

Lewis Williams

Victoria University - Centre for Global Studies

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Fabrizio Ferraro

IESE Business School

Dror Etzion

McGill University

Jennifer Welchman

University of Alberta - Faculty of Arts

Date Written: March 12, 2018

Abstract

Against the background of anthropogenic change, rapidly rising global temperatures and extremes of crisis across multiple spheres, the real possibility of synchronous inter-systemic failure at a level involving multiple cascading system failures (Homer-Dixon et.al. 2015) demands urgent responses. From this perspective, the need for an integrated, whole-system approach to understanding and fostering radical social and ecological transformation has never been starker. The impact of rapid and irreversible biospheric changes calls for an urgent re-thinking of the role of resilience in understanding the ability of both human and non-human communities to adapt to a vastly different environment with enormous social and economic as well as biological implications. In this context, resilience thinking and resilience theory have become major tools for understanding social and ecological change across multiple disciplinary fields. This small contribution attempts to clarify the usefulness of resilience as a framework for understanding and supporting the adaptability of social and ecological systems by centering recent work by scholars in the Intersections of Sustainability transdisciplinary research network within current resilience thinking and theory.

Keywords: resilience thinking, resilient communities, climate change, reflexive law, adaptation, prairies, Alberta, watersheds, water law, indigenous communities

Suggested Citation

Kinder, Jordan and Stewart-Harawira, Makere and Gan, Thian and Bryant, Seth P. and Davies, Evan and Percy, David and Jeffries, Cameron and Williams, Lewis and Gehman, Joel and Ferraro, Fabrizio and Etzion, Dror and Welchman, Jennifer, Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities (March 12, 2018). Makere Stewart-Harawira & Jordan Kinder (Eds.) Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities, McCullum Press. doi: 10.7939/R38K75B1W; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2018-903. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3139192

Jordan Kinder

University of Alberta - Faculty of Arts ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta
Canada

Makere Stewart-Harawira (Contact Author)

University of Alberta ( email )

Faculty of Education
Edmonton, Alberta T6G2G5
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.ualberta.ca/education/about-us/professor-profiles/makere-stewart-harawira

Thian Gan

University of Alberta - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( email )

9211-116 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Seth P. Bryant

University of Alberta - Faculty of Engineering ( email )

Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211-116 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Evan Davies

University of Alberta - Faculty of Engineering ( email )

Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211-116 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

David Percy

Faculty of Law, University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H5
Canada
7804925537 (Phone)

Cameron Jeffries

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H5
Canada

Lewis Williams

Victoria University - Centre for Global Studies ( email )

United States

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
(780) 248-5855 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelgehman.com

Fabrizio Ferraro

IESE Business School ( email )

AV.da Pearson 21
Barcelona, 08034
Spain
932534200 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://blog.iese.edu/ferraro/

Dror Etzion

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

Jennifer Welchman

University of Alberta - Faculty of Arts ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta
Canada

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