System-resilience perspectives on sustainability and equity in Australia

Nicola Grigg, Brian Walker, Anthony Capon, Barney Foran, Rita Parker, Richard Stirzaker, Jenny Stewart, Bill Young

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    We assume that sustainable and equitable futures require non-declining human wellbeing built upon a diverse wealth base, including natural, human, built, social and knowledge capital. We hypothesise that human wellbeing is linked to this wealth base via social-ecological interactions: systems of biophysical processes transforming and transporting material and energy, mediated by social processes. Attempts to understand complex social-ecological systems highlight the incompleteness of current knowledge and the illusiveness of comprehensive knowledge of such systems. Resilience assessments provide useful insights into system responses to shocks. We consider past and potential shocks to Australia and the characteristics of socialecological systems that provide resilience to them. We draw more general insights about resilience in Australia, including identifying signs of systemic drivers of possible futures and the requirements for adaptive and transformative capacities to create diverse options for maintaining wellbeing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNegotiating our future: Living Scenarios for Australia to 2050
    EditorsM Raupach, A J McMichael JJ Finnigan L Manderson, B H Walker
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherAustralian Academy of Science
    Number of pages39
    ISBN (Print)9780858473409
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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