Upscaling the resilience assessment through comparative analysis
Resilience is the capacity of any system to maintain its function, structure and identity despite disturbances. Assessing resilience has been elusive due to high levels of abstraction that are difficult to empirically test, or the lack of high quality data required once appropriate proxies are identified. Most resilience assessments are limited to specific situation arenas, making comparision one of the unresolved challenges.
Here we show how leveraging comparative analysis can provide insights on how Arctic communities (N = 40) can best deal with social and environmental change. We found that the capacity to self-organize, and nurturing diversity are sufficient conditions for Arctic communities whose livelihoods have been resilient, or for communities whose livelihoods have been transformed.
Our study provides an alternative perspective on how to assess resilience by leveraging comparsion across cases. It also identify governance patways to support adaptations and transformations in the Arctic, a geography with some of the most dramatic social and natural challenges to come.
Research news | 2022-09-29
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Straight from their final presentations, MSc graduates Bérénice Robaglia and Nora Giertz share insights into their master thesis projects, time at the centre and future plans.
Research news | 2022-09-28
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Working paper highlights the need for development cooperation to adopt complexity-aware theories of change
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Civil society could be the gamechanger for climate policymaking
To make climate policies fair and effective we need to harness the power of civil society, argues centre researcher Thomas Hahn
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Using waste from food production to feed livestock and aquaculture could help feed more people with less
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Awareness of interdependencies may not promote, but instead even inhibit, exchange and dialogue between different policy actors
Research news | 2022-09-08
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Human emissions have already pushed Earth into the danger zone. Five of sixteen identified tipping point may be triggered at today’s temperatures