Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Alternatives Features Holling and Resilience

The April Alternatives magazine (Canadian ecology 'zine) is focusing on Resilience, and includes an interview with Buzz Holling and a "Hardcore Guide to Resilience" using Hollings' research.

Inside is also a full-page add for a conference at the Dalhousie School of Social Work on "The Social Ecology of Resilience." The conference is scheduled for June 7th-10th, 2010. It is co-sposored by the Resilience Research Centre, directed by Michael Ungar at Dalhousie University.

The conference on resilience is not about ecological resilience, but resilience on a smaller scale, with families, youth, and the other sorts of people that social workers generally deal with. Social work, and psychology to a lesser extent, has been working with the idea of social resilience for decades. Just now the social work profession has been able to link research on social resilience with larger scale resilience theory for whole societies and ecosystems. The link between the two is absolutely correct in that vulnerable, stressed, and disadvantaged populations are more prone to suffering devastating effects from ecological crises.

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