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Resilience Scan: July-September 2017


Written by Amy Kirbyshire, Emma Lovell, Paul Sayers, Thomas Tanner, Lena Nur


This Resilience Scan summarises writing and debates in the field of resilience during the third quarter of 2017. It comprises an 'expert view' on coastal resilience, an analysis of Twitter discussions from the past six months, and summaries of high-impact grey literature and academic journal articles. 

We summarise our understanding of the impacts of climate change at the coast and explore the challenges and opportunities presented. We promote a greater emphasis on adaptation and resilience, including the need to make space for an increasingly squeezed coast to safeguard its natural dynamic resilience (and its role in supporting conventional engineered defences). We discuss issues of regional sediment conflicts (as coastal areas are starved of sediments in response to development choices in the upstream catchment and updrift coast) and social injustice (as the vulnerable are disproportionately disadvantaged by climate change) as indicative of the multi-dimensional challenges at the coast and as underlining the need to mainstream whole-system, long-term thinking if we are to be successful.

Resilience on Twitter

This Resilience Scan provides an analysis of resilience conversations over two quarters, from April 2017 to September 2017, in a range of different contexts, including climate change, agriculture, food security, conflict, urban development, water and economic resilience. 

Resilience in the grey literature

Our examination of the grey literature on resilience published in July–September 2017 includes 28 articles from research and private-sector institutions, humanitarian and development agencies. These span seven broad themes: finance and investment for resilience; urban resilience; climate and risk information; hard and soft infrastructure; agriculture and food security; fragility, conflict and governance; and taking stock of resilience concepts and approaches.

Resilience in the academic literature

The academic literature on resilience scanned from the third quarter of 2017 covers 28 publications that cover five thematic areas: agriculture, livelihoods and food security; conceptual approaches, indicators and measurement; understanding impacts, policy and governance; community resilience; and health.

Amy Kirbyshire, Emma Lovell, Hani Morsi, Paul Sayers, Thomas Tanner and Lena Weingärtner