“Exploring societal resilience: big problems, big concepts, big solutions?”

The Institute for Societal Resilience (ISR) will host the international colloquium: “Exploring societal resilience: big problems, big concepts, big solutions?” in May. The colloquium is endorsed by the Aurora Network of Universities and will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the 9th and 10th of May, from 9 am to 6 pm.

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The event will seek to explore the topic of societal resilience across various themes: human security, identities, polarization, and social media & technology. Following the research profile of the ISR, the colloquium will have an engaged scholarship orientation – through which it will aim to bridge together academic and professional expertise to understand what it means for individuals, groups, and communities to be resilient in face of contemporary societal challenges. Moreover, it will seek to enhance future international collaboration amongst the burgeoning network of resilience researchers and stakeholders, in order to build consortia for research partnerships and funding opportunities. 

The keynote speaker will be Prof. Dr. Michael Ungar, from the Dalhousie University in Canada, where he is Research Chair (Tier 1) in Child, Family and Community resilience, as well as the founder and director of the Resilience Research Centre. Dr. Ungar has also designed multisite longitudinal research and evaluation projects in collaboration with organizations as diverse as The Human Development and Education Branch of the World Bank, NATO, The Red Cross, and national public health agencies.

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