The interplay of well-being and resilience in applying a social-ecological perspective

Armitage, Derek, Béné, Chris, Charles, Anthony T., Johnson, Derek and Allison, Edward H. (2012) The interplay of well-being and resilience in applying a social-ecological perspective. Ecology and Society, 17 (4). ISSN 1708-3087

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Ecology and SocietyEcology and Society Home|Past issues|About|Sign In|Submissions|Subscribe|Contact|Search E&S HOME > VOL. 17, NO. 4 > Art. 15 Copyright © 2012 by the author(s). Published here under license by The Resilience Alliance. Go to the pdf version of this article The following is the established format for referencing this article: Armitage, D., C. Béné, A. T. Charles, D. Johnson, and E. H. Allison. 2012. The interplay of well-being and resilience in applying a social-ecological perspective. Ecology and Society 17(4): 15. Synthesis The Interplay of Well-being and Resilience in Applying a Social-Ecological Perspective Derek Armitage 1, Chris Béné 2, Anthony T. Charles 3, Derek Johnson 4 and Edward H. Allison 5 1University of Waterloo, 2IDS Sussex, 3Saint Mary's University, 4University of Manitoba, 5The WorldFish Center and the University of East Anglia Abstract Introduction Overview of resilience and well-being concepts Resilience thinking A social conception of well-being Interplay of resilience and well-being concepts Challenge to optimization thinking Agency, values, and normative considerations Considering scale through social and ecological frames Insights on "controlling" variables Thresholds and boundaries Synthesis: implications of the interplay of well-being and resilience Conclusions Acknowledgments Literature cited ABSTRACT Innovative combinations of social and ecological theory are required to deal with complexity and change in human-ecological systems. We examined the interplay and complementarities that emerge by linking resilience and social well-being approaches. First, we reflected on the limitations of applying ecological resilience concepts to social systems from the perspective of social theory, and particularly, the concept of well-being. Second, we examined the interplay of resilience and well-being concepts in fostering a social-ecological perspective that promises more appropriate management and policy actions. We examined five key points of interplay: (1) the limits of optimization thinking (e.g., maximum sustainable yield), (2) the role of human agency and values, (3) understandings of scale, (4) insights on “controlling variables,” and (5) perspectives on thresholds and boundaries. Based on this synthesis, we offer insights to move incrementally towards interdisciplinary research and governance for complex social-ecological systems.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2014 15:12
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 16:31
DOI: 10.5751/ES-04940-170415

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