Ecology and Society Ecology and Society
E&S Home > Vol. 16, Iss. 2 > Art. 4 > Abstract Open Access Publishing 
Perspectives on Resilience to Disasters across Sectors and Cultures

Brian Walker, CSIRO Ecosystem Science, Australia
Frances Westley, Institute for Complexity and Innovation


Full Text: HTML   
Download Citation


We present some insights on the use and interpretation of resilience ideas that arose in a conference on “Society’s Resilience in Withstanding Disaster.” Three points in particular have relevance for those interested in resilience in social-ecological systems: (1) Time as a threshold vs. avoiding quick fixes; (2) Trading risks: specified vs. general resilience; (3) Response origination: building local general resilience, and general resilience in central agencies. In the latter the need is to allow improvisation, and failure, during times of crisis.

Key words

disasters; resilience; risk
Ecology and Society. ISSN: 1708-3087