Building Resilient Communities
What is community resilience?
Individual and community psychology perspective
Community development perspective
Ecological systems perspective
Rights and resistance perspective
Berkes, F. & Ross, H. (2013).
Community resilience: Toward an integrated approach. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 26(1), 5-20. (StFX only)
Brent, J. (2004).
The desire for community: Illusion, confusion and paradox. Community Development Journal, 39(3), 213-223. (StFX only)
Seeds of hope for PBS Hawaii broadcast. [Video file]. (56:54 min.)
Kulig, J., et al. (2013).
Community resiliency: Emerging theoretical insights. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(6), 758-775. (StFX only)
Magis, K. (2010).
Community resilience: An indicator of social sustainability. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 23(5), 401-416. (StFX only)
Moberg, F. et al. (n.d.).
What is resilience? An introduction to social-ecological research. Stockholm: Stockholm Resilience Centre. (1.99 Mb pdf)
A village called Versailles. In this New Orleans neighbourhood, a group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new landfill. This is the story of how the Versailles people turn a disaster into a catalyst for change and a better future.
Risks, vulnerabilities and challenges in our communities and in the world
Community resilience: Cultural and ecosystem imperatives
Case studies: Building on endowments, assets and capabilities as a strategy for change (endogenous development)
Building back better: Case studies in resilience building. (2015). Singapore: Institute of Mental Health. (8.21 Mb pdf)
Castillo, J. & Hererra, P. (2013). Building resilient cities from the community up: Lessons from Manila. In
(pp. 103-107). Limerick: Irish Aid. A new dialogue: Putting people at the heart of global development: conference report
Cave, K. & McKay, S. (2016).
Water song: Indigenous women and water. Solutions, 7(6), 64-73.
DeVoe, D. (Ed.). (2013).
The road to resilience: Case studies on building resilience in the horn of Africa. Nairobi: Catholic Relief Services.
Equator Initiative case study database, online best practice database.
Huairou Commission. (2015).
Resilient women: Integrating community resilience priorities in post-2015 agenda. Brooklyn, NY: Huairou Commission. (3.98 Mb pdf)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. (2004).
World disasters report: From risk to resilience: helping communities cope with crisis. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press. (Library has copy: 363.3405 In8w 2004).
Mercy Corps. (2012).
From conflict to coping: Evidence from Southern Ethiopia on the contributions of peacebuilding to drought resilience among pastoralist groups. Portland, OR: Mercy Corps. (1.34 Mb pdf)
Mercy Corps. (2014).
Rethinking resilience: Prioritizing gender integration to enhance household and community resilience to food insecurity in the Sahel. Portland, OR: Mercy Corps.
Pandyopranoto, P. (n.d.).
Building resilient communities by strengthening livelihoods and giving people more options. (3.40 Mb pdf)
Partners for Resilience. (n.d.).
Building resilient communities: Case studies from PfR Kenya. (2.89 Mb pdf)
Shaw, R. & Rouhban, B. (Eds.). (2005).
Disaster reduction and human security: Education for sustainable development: case studies and best practices. A contribution to the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Hyogo. (16.39 Mb pdf)
Ngata Toro community, Indonesia: Equator initiative case studies: local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. New York, NY: UNDP. (3.05 Mb pdf)
Video Case Studies
Tools for building community resilience
Colussi, M. & Rowcliffe, P. (2000).
The community resilience manual: A resource for rural recovery & renewal. Port Alberni, BC: Canadian Centre for Community Renewal. (968K pdf)
Dazé, A., Ambrose, K., & Ehrhart, C. (2009).
Climate vulnerability and capacity analysis: Handbook. [n.l.]: CARE International.
Natural Justice Video. (2012).
Biocultural community protocols: Articulating and asserting stewardship [Video file]. (13:01 min.)
Natural Justice Video. (2012).
Maldhari biocultural community protocol photo story [Video file]. (4:25 min.)
Growing a better future: Summary. Oxford, UK: Oxfam GB. (371K pdf)
Powercube.net is a resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change.
Wilding, N. (2011).
Exploring community resilience in times of rapid change: What is it? How are people building it? Why does it matter? Dunfermline, Fife, UK: Fiery Spirits Community of Practice. (8.31 Mb pdf)
Indigenous and green rights: Resources, food justice and community resilience
Brady, J. (2014).
Local sustainable food systems: Ensuring food for today and our future. [Ontario]: HC Link. (3.06 Mb pdf)
Davis, R., Cook, D., & Cohen, L. (2005).
A community resilience approach to reducing ethnic and racial disparities in health. American Journal of Public Health, 95(12), 2168-2173. (StFX only)
Fleming, J. & Ledogar, R. J. (2008).
Resilience, an evolving concept: A review of literature relevant to Aboriginal research. [Author manuscript]. Final version available in Pimatisiwin, 6(2), 7-23. (41K pdf)
Mason, S. & Rychard, S. (2005).
Conflict analysis tools. Bern: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
TEDx Talks. (2012).
TEDxMasala: Dr. Vandana Shiva: solutions to the food and ecological crisis facing us today [Video file]. (11:40 min.)
United Nations University. (2012).
Reframing climate change science to include indigenous and local knowledge, Dr. Tero Mustonen [Video file]. (3:10 min.)
Where do we start to build resilient communities?
City resilience index: Understanding and measuring city resilience.
Choptiany, J. (2014, May 26).
Can farmers & pastoralists self-assess their climate-resilience? [Blog post].
Resilience index: Measurement and analysis model. (1.32 Mb pdf)
Gunderson, L., et al. (2010).
Assessing resilience in social-ecological systems: Workbook for practitioners. (Rev. ed.). [n.l.]: Resilience Alliance. (2.32 Mb pdf)
Hughes, K. & Bushell, H. (2013).
A multidimensional approach to measuring resilience. (Working paper). [n.l.]: Oxfam GB.
Mguni, N. & Bacon, N. (2010).
Taking the temperature of local communities: The Wellbeing and Resilience Measure (WARM). London: The Young Foundation. (2.20 Mb pdf) (Summary) (656K pdf)
Resilience assessment provides an alternative way of thinking about and practicing natural resource management.
Resilience library, materials related to the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation.
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is an international centre for resilience and sustainability science.
Human development report 2014: Sustaining human progress: reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience. New York: UNDP.
The resilience agenda: Measuring resilience in USAID. (454K pdf)
World Bank. (2014).
World development report 2014: Risk and opportunity: managing risk for development. Washington, DC: World Bank.
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