Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation

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Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation
People, Place, Practice, Power, Politics and Possibility in Transition

216 pages; paperback; 2017
By Thomas Henfrey, Gesa Maschkowski & Gil Penha-Lopes

Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation is a unique collection bridging research, theory and practical action to create more resilient societies. It includes accounts from people and organizations on the front line of efforts to build community resilience; cutting-edge theory and analysis from engaged scholar-activists; and commentary from sympathetic researchers.

Its content ranges from first-hand accounts of the Transition Movement in the UK, Canada and Spain, to theoretical reflections on resilience theory and the shifts in mindsets and perspectives required for transitions to sustainability.

The book contains substantive contributions from activists and activist-scholars such as Lorenzo Chelleri (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy), Juan del Rio (Transition Spain), Naresh Giangrande (Transition Network), Maja Göpel (Wuppertal Institute), Thomas Henfrey (Transition Research Network), Justin Kenrick (Forest People’s Programme), Glen Kuecker (University of Indiana), Cheryl Lyon (Transition Peterborough Ontario) and Gesa Maschowski (Transition Bonn), along with briefing notes from noted experts in resilience.

The result is a compelling cocktail of insights, ideas and action points likely to define the scientific and practical fields of community resilience for years to come.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Thomas Henfrey is Senior Researcher at the Schumacher Institute and Research Fellow in the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change (cE3c) at Lisbon University. Tom co-founded an ecovillage in Southern Spain, holds a permaculture design certificate, and actively collaborates on research and learning with Transition Network and the Permaculture Association (Britain).

Gesa Maschkowski is a PhD candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in the Institute for Food and Resource Economics at Bonn University.

Dr. Gil Penha-Lopes, an environmental scientist, is an Invited Professor in the Science Faculty at Lisbon University and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change (cE3c). He coordinates Lisbon University’s involvement in the EU-funded FP7 BASE Project, and the ClimAdaPT.Local project. He is also a certified Transition Network Trainer.