Social-ecological resilience: insights and issues for planning theory

Cathy Wilkinson

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Abstract

With its origins in systems ecology and emerging interest in the inter-disciplinary examination of the governance of linked social-ecological systems, social-ecological resilience offers a field of scholarship of particular relevance for planning at a time when global ecological challenges require urgent attention. This article explores what new conceptual ground social-ecological resilience offers planning theory. I argue that at a time when planning theorists are calling for more attention to matters of substance alongside matters of process, social-ecological resilience provides a timely contribution, particularly given the minimal attention in planning theory scholarship to environmental and ecological considerations as a driving concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-169
Number of pages22
JournalPlanning Theory
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adaptive capacity
  • complexity
  • ecology
  • ecosystem services
  • environment
  • governance
  • planning theory
  • social-ecological resilience

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