The Expanding World of Resilience Research – Part I

Recently the Rockefeller Foundation began a search for a position as managing director for resilience with a corresponding budget in the 7 figures.  Often these types of positions seem to use a very broad, everyday definition of resilience.  However, the foundation appears to have done its homework and is looking for interlinked social-ecological resilience research.  The goals are to 1) enhance individual, community and institutional capacity to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of acute crises and chronic stresses and 2) promote growth with equity whereby the poor and vulnerable have more access to opportunities that improve their lives.

The responsibilities include (among several):

Defining the indicators and impact measures for building resilience in a range of contexts. This will include, importantly, resilience not just to climate change, but to the different kind of shocks and chronic stresses faced by poor and vulnerable people. It will include building economic, institutional, and social as well as physical/infrastructural resilience.

Leading and managing the current and next stage of the Sustainable Employment in a Green US Economy (SEGUE) Initiative in Development.

This is very exciting, and I look forward to seeing how this program moves forward.

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