Spatial resilience in social-ecological systems

Cumming, Graeme S. (2011) Spatial resilience in social-ecological systems. Springer, New York, NY, USA, pp. 1-254.

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Spatial Resilience is a new and exciting area of interdisciplinary research. It focuses on the influence of spatial variation - including such things as spatial location, context, connectivity, and dispersal - on the resilience of complex systems, and on the roles that resilience and self-organization play in generating spatial variation. Professor Cumming provides a readable introduction and a first comprehensive synthesis covering the core concepts and applications of spatial resilience to the study of social-ecological systems. The book follows a trajectory from concepts through models, methods, and case study analysis before revisiting the central problems in the further conceptual development of the field. In the process, the author ranges from the movements of lions in northern Zimbabwe to the urban jungles of Europe, and from the collapse of past societies to the social impacts of modern conflict. The many case studies and examples discussed in the book show how the concept of spatial resilience can generate valuable insights into the spatial dynamics of social-ecological systems and contribute to solving some of the most pressing problems of our time. Although it has been written primarily for students, this book will provide fascinating reading for interdisciplinary scientists at all career stages as well as for the interested public. In this engagingly crafted book Graeme Cumming provides a novel, and I believe important, synthesis of spatial aspects of the resilience of coupled ecological and social systems.

Item ID: 40967
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-94-007-0307-0
Funders: University of Cape Town, Oppenheimer Foundation, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) core grant, University of Stockholm
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2015 01:01
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