This book discusses the resilience of communities in both developed and developing world contexts. It investigates the notion of ‘resilience’ and the challenges faced by local communities around the world to deal with disturbances (natural hazards or human-made) that may threaten their long-term survival. Using global examples, specific emphasis is placed on how learning processes, traditions, policies and politics affect the resilience of communities and what constraints and opportunities exist for communities to raise resilience levels.
'Community Resilience and Environmental Transitions is a welcome addition to studies of the increasingly pervasive concept of resilience.' – Gerald Taylor Aiken, Environmental Values
1. Introduction 2. Towards a Framework for Understanding Community Resilience 3. Transition Theory: Environmental Pathways and Resilient Communities 4. System Memory: Community Learning, Tradition and Historical Networks 5. Path Dependency: 'Lock-In' Mechanisms and Pathways of the '(Im)possible' 6. Transitional Corridors: External Constraints for Endogenous Community Resilience 7. Environmental transitions and the Policy Challenge: How to make Local Communities More Resilient 8. Conclusions