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Resilience Scan: January-March 2015

Research reports

Written by Thomas Tanner, Aditya Bahadur, Catherine Simonet

This Resilience Scan summarises writing and debates on resilience during the first quarter of 2015, and gives analysis of grey literature since 2014, focusing on the context of developing countries. Summaries include:

Insights from resilience experts

Presents results from a roundtable discussion session on overcoming challenges for operationalising resilience. Debate centred on how to overcome challenges of the misappropriation of resilience as a way of framing action, and how to employ the concept as an opportunity to enhance equity and sustainability.

Social media analysis of resilience on Twitter

An analysis of Twitter conversations reveals the main issues being discussed and the user handles that dominate those networks and conversations.

Review of the academic and grey literature

The ‘grey’ literature from policy and practice since 2014 is reviewed, revealing the dominance of issues of gender and inclusion, resilience measurement, and urbanisation. Key themes emerging in the peer-reviewed journal articles from the first quarter of 2015 include the academic framing of resilience, politics and governance, and urbanisation. 

The scan will be of particular interest to those implementing resilience projects and policies, those seeking summaries of current debates in resilience thinking.

Key themes recur throughout the scan and are marked with icons to allow readers with a specific interest in these areas to jump to the most relevant sections of the report.

Thomas Tanner, Aditya Bahadur, Catherine Simonet and Hani Morsi