Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development book

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Written by John Blewitt and Daniella Tilbury

Resilience is a term that is gaining currency in conservation and sustainable development, though its meaning and value in this context is yet to be defined. Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development examines ways in which resilience may be created within the web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems that make up the world in. The authors embark upon a learning journey exploring both robust and fragile systems and asking questions of groups and individuals actively involved in building or maintaining resilience.

Through a series of wide ranging interviews the authors give voice to the many different approaches to thinking of and building resilience that may otherwise stay rooted in and confined by specific disciplinary, professional or spatial contexts. The book documents emerging trends, shifting tactics and future pathways for the conservation and sustainable development movement post Rio+20, arriving at a set of diverse but connected conclusions and questions in relation to the resilience of people and planet.

This book is ideal for students and researchers working in the fields of conservation, sustainable development, education, systems thinking and development studies. It will also be of great interest to NGOs and government officers whose interests and responsibilities focus on conserving or reconstructing biodiversity and system resilience.

About the Authors

John Blewitt is Co-Director of MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability, a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education. He is also fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute.

Daniella Tilbury is Professor and Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire. She is Co-Chair of the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy, a Marie Curie Fellow and President of Copernicus Alliance of Universities.

Published 7 August 2013 by Routledge – 188 page

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