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Review article: Towards a context-driven research: a state-of-the-art review of resilience research on climate change

Ringo Ossewaarde1, Tatiana Filatova2, Yola Georgiadou3, Andreas Hartmann4, Gül Özerol2, Karin Pfeffer3, Peter Stegmaier5, Rene Torenvlied1, Mascha Van der Voort6, Jord Warmink7, and Bas Borsje7 Ringo Ossewaarde et al.
  • 1Department of Public Administration, University of Twente, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, the Netherlands
  • 2Dept of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, the Netherlands
  • 3Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management, University of Twente, Enschede, Hengelosestraat 99, 7514AE, the Netherlands
  • 4Department of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, the Netherlands
  • 5Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies, University of Twente, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, the Netherlands
  • 6Department of Design Production and Management, University of Twente, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, the Netherlands
  • 7Department of Water Engineering and Management, University of Twente, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, the Netherlands

Abstract. Since the 1970s, Holling's socio-ecological systems (SES) approach has been a most predominant theoretical force in resilience research in the context of the climate crisis. From Holling's approach, however, two contrasting scientific approaches to resilience have developed, namely, naturalism and constructivism. While naturalist resilience research takes SES as complex systems marked by non-linearity and evolutionary changes, constructivist resilience research focuses on the embeddedness of SES in heterogenous contexts. In naturalist resilience research resilience is defined as a system property, while in constructivist resilience research resilience is politically loaded and historically contingent. The aim of this paper is to review and structure current developments in resilience research in the field of climate change studies, in terms of the approaches, definitions, models and commitments that are typical for naturalism and constructivism; identify the key tension between naturalist and constructivist resilience research in terms of the widely discussed issue of adaptation and transformation, and discuss its implications for sustainable development; and propose a research agenda of topics distilled from the adaptation-transformation tension between naturalist and constructivist resilience research.

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The aim of this paper is to review and structure current developments in resilience research in the field of climate change studies, in terms of the approaches, definitions, models and commitments that are typical for naturalist and constructivist research; and propose a research agenda of topics distilled from current developments in resilience research.
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