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Walker, B., & Salt, D. (2012). Resilience Practices: Building Capacity to Absorb Disturbance and Maintain Function. Island Press.

A foundational, and easily accessible piece! This should have been ground zero for my first foray with resilience. Walker and Salt provide a concise and accessible overview of resilience theory, supported by numerous case studies from around the world. They … Continue reading

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Martin-Breen, P., & Anderies, J. M. (2011). Resilience: A Literature Review.

Resilience of what, to what? And, resilience for whom? These are the key questions that must be asked before the notion of resilience theory and its application to complex adaptive systems makes any sense. Resilience can be good. It can allow for adaptation, innovation, … Continue reading

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Green, O. et al. (2013). Resilience in Transboundary Water Governance : the Okavango River. Ecology and Society, 18(2).

This article uses the Okavango River Basin, and specifically OKACOM, to illustrate two fundamental issues for resilience in a transboundary watershed: 1) key components for adaptive governance that can foster resilient social-ecological systems, and, 2) treaty elements for institutional and … Continue reading

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Cosens, B., & Williams, M. (2012). Resilience and Water Governance : Adaptive Governance in the Columbia. Ecology and Society, 12(4).

Cosens (2012) looks at the issue of legitimacy in adaptive management implementation. Her case study on the Columbia River basin helps to show how adaptive management approaches can fail if legitimacy, in its various guises, can fail if not implemented … Continue reading

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finding the right writing time/place

Originally posted on patter:
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it, the rest of me is on the draining board. This is how Dodie Smith began I capture the castle, a journal-style…

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Rijke, J., Farrelly, M., Brown, R., & Zevenbergen, C. (2013). Configuring transformative governance to enhance resilient urban water systems. Environmental Science & Policy, 25, 62–72.

There were a few parts of this article that were especially relevant and useful (or at least insightful). Particularly, the way the authors used the adaptive cycle to show the different stages of where the water sensitive cities (WSC) of … Continue reading

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Cash, D. W., Adger, W. N., Berkes, F., Garden, P., Lebel, L., & Olsson, P. (2006). Scale and Cross-Scale Dynamics : Governance and Information in a Multilevel World. Ecology and Society, 11(2).

A critical piece on scale and cross-scale dynamics. Addressing a multitude of important issues, such as innovations in social and environmental policy requires approaches that consider cross scale and cross level dynamics and relationships. As the challenges we see in … Continue reading

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Acuto, M. (2010). Global Cities: Gorillas in Our Midst. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 35(4), 425–448.

An important piece on global cities as new arenas and scales in which global governance is ‘practiced’ in a landscape of globalization and urbanization. Global cities provide leadership positions, technological innovation and social revolution. They add to the “complexity of global … Continue reading

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Pahl-Wostl, C. (2009). A conceptual framework for analysing adaptive capacity and multi-level learning processes in resource governance regimes. Global Environmental Change, 19(3), 354–365.

Pahl-Wostl begins the article with a very simple question:  how to implement sustainable resource governance and management regimes that are resilient to global and climate change? Two approaches she suggests is adaptive governance and social learning, which have been identified … Continue reading

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Goals and aspirations

What a gem from Josh’s blog, when he talks about setting goals for making a life in music. This is one i’ll have to refer back to often: () Making a timeline of goals to help keep the boat on … Continue reading

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