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Initiative for social resilience research

An ongoing initiative at the Faculty of Social Sciences encourages research on social resilience. On this page you can find information about the initiative and all the current activities within it.

With this initiative the faculty wants to: 

  • get acquainted with already existing social sciences research on resilience at Lund University
  • create a forum for the exchange of ideas as well as for theoretical and methodological advancement
  • encourage future trans- and interdisciplinary research and joint applications.

Ongoing social resilience research

Projects funded by the faculty's research grants on social resilience themes

In late 2021, the faculty announced research grants on the broad theme of social resilience. Four researchers have been granted research funding for projects starting in spring 2022. Find out more by visiting the researcher's profiles in the University Research Portal:

Doctoral projects within the Agenda 2030 Graduate School

Since the beginning of this year, the faculty is funding two doctoral positions in social resilience within Lund University’s sustainability initative Agenda 2030 Graduate School. 

  • Juan Antonio Samper at LUCSUS:
    the research will involve analyzing both the discursive and material elements associated to the concept of defending the territory in the Putumayo (Colombia), and its relationship to peace, development, conservation, and social resilience. 
  • Carlo Nicoli Aldini at the Sociology of Law Department:
    the research will investigate how individuals and social groups living in the southern Italian city of Taranto have relied upon laws and informal norms to adjust and, possibly, transform their lives in the face of the environmental disaster caused by the local steel industry.

Post doc projects

Since 2021, six new post doc projects have started. Find out more by visiting the researcher's profiles in the Research Portal:

Other research within the field


Helle Rydström 
+46 46 222 09 52
helle [dot] rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se (helle[dot]rydstrom[at]genus[dot]lu[dot]se)

Soumi Banerjee
soumi [dot] banerjee [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se (soumi[dot]banerjee[at]soch[dot]lu[dot]se)

What is social resilience?

Social resilience can be broadly understood as the “ability of groups or communities to cope with external stresses and disturbances as a result of social, political and environmental change (Adger 2000)”, and is one angle from which we can advance research on social sustainability. 

While debated as a concept, social resilience has gained increased attention in a diversity of social science disciplines, ranging from sustainability-, environmental-, development and migration studies to sociology, anthropology, social work and psychology. The common interest is in the capacities of societies, communities, networks, families and other groups to cope, resist, develop, or even thrive under stress, crisis and change. 

A particular purpose of this initiative is to explore possibilities for inter- and transdisciplinary research.