Special Feature, Ecology and Society: Understanding human resilience in the context of inter-connected health and social systems (in progress)

Special Feature, Ecology and Society: Understanding human resilience in the context of inter-connected health and social systems (in progress)

Guest-editors  Astier Almedom[1], Stephen Flynn[2] and Johan Bergström[3]

Background

This theme issue originated from a Roundtable discussion session that was organized and chaired by Lund University’s Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and the division of Social Medicine & Global Health (Almedom and Östergren) for the Eighth European Congress of Tropical Medicine and International Health. Our session abstracts were published in a Special Issue of the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health (pages 31-33). We then opened up the discussion to facilitate the participation of other interested authors with different perspectives and experiences of human resilience research and praxis in the context of inter-connected health and social systems in different countries. The aim is to understand human resilience at both the individual and collective levels, and how it plays a part, if not a major part in the sustainability of effective health and social systems and sub-systems that are inter-connected at micro and meso, levels. Some authors will also address theory and praxis that apply universally at the macro level as well as cross-scale.

Funding Sources

Rockefeller Foundation, New York and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies.

[1] Guest Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and Division of Social Medicine and Global Health. Previously guest-edited two significant journal volumes on “Mental well-being in settings of ‘Complex Emergency’” Journal of Biosocial Science (July 2004); and “Resilience” African Health Sciences (2008).

[2] Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, Director, Centre for Resilience Studies.

[3] Associate Professor, Lund University, Director, Centre for Societal Resilience.



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