Resilience in Socio-Ecological Systems

MW 1:30-3:20, Denny 401

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Class Schedule: Week 4 Extended Examples from China

This week we take a break from all this abstract and hard-core theory and model-building, and turn to practical application, through the way that I and colleagues have tried to use resilience concepts to analyze ecological history in China at two very different scales. Do, however, read two articles on scale and how it effects resilience thinking, and by 10:00 a.m. on the 22nd, please post 200-300 words on how these two authors' treatments of scale might affect your own research. Monday, April 22: Today, I will present a micro-scale analysis based on fieldwork that I have done together with SEFS, anthropology, and ESS faculty and students in the Baiwu Valley, Sichuan. A condensed version can be found in: Wednesday, April 24: We will have two more case studies from China today:
  • I will present a macro-scale analysis of two adaptive cycles of growth and collapse in China, seen as a total system. For background, you might want to read the chapter below (or on the other hand, you might think this would be a good day to just read one article:
  • My colleague Professor Dan Abramson from the College of Built Environments will present cases of urban and rural planning and historic preservation in China that illustrate aspects of resilience, including cross-scale interactions in time and space, and how feedback loops do or do not operate. In preparation for his talk, you should read the his paper on "Urban-Rutal Integration" in the Earthquake Zone.