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Advanced Introduction to Resilience

9781802202212 Edward Elgar Publishing
Fikret Berkes, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada
Publication Date: February 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 221 2 Extent: c 224 pp
Providing a concise overview of resilience in the context of unprecedented global environmental change, this Advanced Introduction addresses the intertwined systems of people and nature. It explores ecological resilience, incorporating social science approaches and concepts, and identifies and discusses innovative ways of planning for an increasingly unpredictable future.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

Providing a concise overview of resilience in the context of unprecedented global environmental change, this Advanced Introduction addresses the intertwined systems of people and nature. It explores ecological resilience, incorporating social science approaches and concepts, and identifies and discusses innovative ways of planning for an increasingly unpredictable future.

Key Features:

• Identifies practical resilience-building strategies applicable to multiple areas
• Provides an interdisciplinary discussion of the fundamentals of social and ecological resilience
• Proposes new ways of dealing with complex environmental problems which present fundamental challenges to conventional science and technology
• Highlights knowledge and issues concerning the resilience of Indigenous peoples across the globe, and the lessons that may be learned

Examining the concept of resilience rooted in historical analysis, from Greenland’s Vikings to the collapse of Maya civilization, this insightful Advanced Introduction will be essential reading for students and scholars of environmental studies, ecological economics, environmental and human geography, political studies, socio-economics, sociology and social policy. It includes key concepts for practitioners in the areas of climate change, development studies, disaster management, and natural resources management.
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‘This book is a brilliant synthesis of resilience scholarship. It provides a fresh perspective on ways that society can address its most urgent challenges despite prevailing uncertainties about the future. This clearly written book is essential reading for managers, policy makers, scientists, and ordinary citizens.’
– F. Stuart Chapin III, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

‘This is a beautiful text on resilience, the ability of a system to renew itself while adapting to or transforming with change, with a focus on social-ecological systems. Fikret Berkes explains resilience as capacities, with stories and cases from indigenous groups to governance of climate change. A pleasure to read, highly recommended!’
– Carl Folke, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm University, Sweden

‘This is a beautiful text on resilience, the ability of a system to renew itself while adapting to or transforming with change, with a focus on social-ecological systems. Fikret Berkes explains resilience as capacities, with stories and cases from indigenous groups to governance of climate change. A pleasure to read, highly recommended!’
– Carl Folke, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm University, Sweden
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