LUCSUS Seminar: Advancing Resilience Practice: Bridging social-ecological resilience theory and sustainable development practice
Welcome to a LUCSUS seminar with the invited guest My Sellberg, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
My Sellberg’s research investigates the application of resilience thinking in different real-world settings and research-practice interfaces, for example in the context of natural resource management, local government planning and food systems. The number of cases of resilience practice are growing, including resilience assessments, planning and action, but there are still few scientific studies and even less synthesis across cases. Her thesis describes existing cases of resilience practice in different parts of the world, e.g. in Australia, and experiments with new methods and approaches for improving resilience practice, based on co-production projects in Sweden, e.g. together with the Transition Movement. The results confirm that resilience practice can contribute to the understanding and adaptive governance of complex social-ecological systems, but is weak in addressing the need for transformations, particularly for the sake of global sustainability and the resilience of Earth systems. The results also highlight practical strategies for engaging with complexity and novel approaches to enhance the potential of local-regional resilience practice to align with global sustainability concerns. The thesis as a whole sheds light on the field of resilience practice, by outlining different approaches, contexts and purposes and contributes to building transdisciplinary networks and relationships in multiple arenas.