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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

Activities spring 2022

Writing retreat 14-18 March

This writing retreat is open for researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences who plan to write an article, a chapter, an application or similar with a connection to social resilience.

You apply by sending a short abstract (200-300 words approx) to teres [dot] hjarpe [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se no later than 6 February.

More information about the retreat in the calendar

Social resilience webinars

Our webinar series on social resilience, with international and Swedish scholars, will continue during the spring semester. The first webinar is:

27 January: Social resilience beyond the west

The webinars are arranged in collaboration with the Society for Critical Studies of Crisis (SCSC).

Read more about content, time and how to access the seminars at

Research grants on social resilience themes for professors and associated and senior lecturers

The Faculty of Social Sciences has announced research grants on the broad theme of social resilience. The aim of the research grants is to promote research related to social resilience and to encourage trans- and interdisciplinary research and joint applications.

Last application day was 15 January 2022.

Read more about the call for applications

Ongoing social resilience research

Four new post doc projects started during spring 2021. Find out more by visiting the researcher's profiles at the University Research Portal:

Other research within the field:

If you have information on further projects in this field, please send an e-mail to teres [dot] hjarpe [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se


Teres Hjärpe
teres [dot] hjarpe [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Anna Meeuwisse
Vice dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
anna [dot] meeuwisse [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt
Department of Human Geography
agnes [dot] andersson_djurfeldt [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se

Nils Gustafsson
Department of Strategic Communication
nils [dot] gustafsson [at] isk [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.