Complex socio-ecological systems/Exploring Resilience

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Discussants: Simone and Bob

Holling, C.S. 2001. Understanding the complexity of economic, ecological and social systems. Ecosystems 4: 390-405. [Note: this paper is essentially a short version of the Panarchy book, and thus is perhaps the critical reference of the semester.]

Cumming, G.S. et al. 2005. An exploratory framework for the empirical measurement of resilience. Ecosystems 8: 975-987.

Walker, Brian et al. 2006. A handful of heuristics and some propositions for understanding resilience in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 11(1): 13.

Additional reading:

Jannsen, M. A., M. L. Schoon, W. M. Ke, and K. Borner. 2006. Scholarly networks on resilience, vulnerability and adaptation within the human dimensions of global environmental change. Global Environmental Change 16: 240-252.

Folke, C. S.R. Carpenter, B. Walker, M. Scheffer, T.Chapin, and J.Rockström. 2010. Resilience Thinking: Integrating Resilience, Adaptability and Transformability. Ecology and Society 15(4): 20. [online] URL: