Social dimensions of resilience in social-ecological systems

Cinner, Joshua E., and Barnes, Michele L. (2019) Social dimensions of resilience in social-ecological systems. One Earth, 1 (1). pp. 51-56.

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Resilience is generally considered the capacity to tolerate, absorb, cope with, and adjust to changing social or environmental conditions while retaining key elements of structure, function, and identity. The social dimensions of resilience are vital to understanding the impacts of environmental changes, such as climate change, on social-ecological systems. In this Primer, we introduce key social factors that provide resilience in linked social-ecological systems, including (1) assets, (2) flexibility, (3) social organization, (4) learning, (5) socio-cognitive constructs, and (6) agency. Emerging frontiers of resilience include applying social-ecological network approaches, investigating power relations, and exploring how transformative versus adaptive changes can promote resilience. A further understanding of the social dimensions of social-ecological systems can provide valuable information on how these systems may respond to change and equip us with the knowledge to support or build resilience in vulnerable systems.

Item ID: 65131
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2590-3322
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Inc. This article is freely available on the publisher's website through their 'Open Archive.'
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Projects and Grants: ARC CE140100020, ARC FT160100047, ARC DE190101583
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2021 03:45
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 20%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449999 Other human society not elsewhere classified @ 40%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330404 Land use and environmental planning @ 40%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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