Research approaches for understanding, enhancing, and monitoring community resilience

Ross, Helen and Berkes, Fikret (2014) Research approaches for understanding, enhancing, and monitoring community resilience. Society and Natural Resources, 27 8: 787-804. doi:10.1080/08941920.2014.905668

Author Ross, Helen
Berkes, Fikret
Title Research approaches for understanding, enhancing, and monitoring community resilience
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0723
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2014.905668
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 8
Start page 787
End page 804
Total pages 18
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract The growing interest in the understanding of community resilience suggests a need for improving research approaches. This article reviews methods used to date, and suggests opportunities for expanding the range and efficacy of approaches used to understand, improve, and monitor the coupled social and ecological aspects of community resilience. We explore three potential foci: research approaches that enhance understanding of community resilience; those that help to improve community resilience through the research process; and the further development of methods to guide monitoring. Most studies have relied on mixed and multistaged methods, including in-depth interviews and case studies. We comment on the wide range of approaches used, and suggest others that could be valuable. There is particular scope for greater use of cumulative studies, historical or retrospective studies, participatory methods, and systems approaches, and a need for more methods that explore the coupling of social and ecological dimensions.
Keyword Community-based research
Community development
Humans and natural ecosystems
Research methods
Social-ecological systems
Social learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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