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Resilience Scan: April-June 2016

Research reports

Written by Thomas Tanner, Emma Lovell, Florence Pichon

This Scan summarises writing and debates in the field of resilience during the second quarter of 2016, focusing primarily on the context of developing countries. The Scan will be of particular interest to those implementing resilience projects and policies and those seeking summaries of current debates in resilience thinking. It comprises: insights on improving the business case for investing in resilience; summaries of key blogs, grey literature and academic journal articles on resilience; and the insights from this literature for five characteristics of resilience.

This year will host some further global meetings of importance, including the UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) climate conference in November in Marrakech, which follows up the Paris climate agreement.

This report gives insights on the key international policy processes in 2016, analysis of Twitter activity on resilience, and summaries of high impact grey literature and academic journal articles. The final chapter synthesises the insights from literature in terms of five characteristics of resilience  – awareness, diversity, self regulation, integration and adaptiveness.

Thomas Tanner, Emma Lovell, Florence Pichon and Pandora Batra