Resilience and vulnerability: complementary or conflicting concepts?

Miller, Fiona, Osbahr, Henny, Boyd, Emily, Thomalla, Frank, Bharawani, Sukaina, Ziervogel, Gina, Walker, Brian, Birkmann, Joern, van der Leeuw, Sander, Rockström, Johan, Hinkel, Jochen, Downing, Tom, Folke, Carl and Nelson, Donald, (2010). Resilience and vulnerability: complementary or conflicting concepts?. Ecology and Society, 15(3), 1-25

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    Author Miller, Fiona
    Osbahr, Henny
    Boyd, Emily
    Thomalla, Frank
    Bharawani, Sukaina
    Ziervogel, Gina
    Walker, Brian
    Birkmann, Joern
    van der Leeuw, Sander
    Rockström, Johan
    Hinkel, Jochen
    Downing, Tom
    Folke, Carl
    Nelson, Donald
    Title Resilience and vulnerability: complementary or conflicting concepts?
    Appearing in Ecology and Society
    Volume 15
    Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2010
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Open Access Publishing
    Start page 1
    End page 25
    Language eng

    Resilience and vulnerability represent two related yet different approaches to understanding the response of systems and actors to change; to shocks and surprises, as well as slow creeping changes. Their respective origins in ecological and social theory largely explain the continuing differences in approach to social-ecological dimensions of change. However, there are many areas of strong convergence. This paper explores the emerging linkages and complementarities between the concepts of resilience and vulnerability to identify areas of synergy. We do this with regard to theory, methodology, and application. The paper seeks to go beyond just recognizing the complementarities between the two approaches to demonstrate how researchers are actively engaging with each field to coproduce new knowledge, and to suggest promising areas of complementarity that are likely to further research and action in the field.

    Copyright Holder Open Access Publishing
    Copyright Year 2010
    Copyright type Creative commons
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