System-resilience perspectives on sustainability and equity in Australia

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

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We assume that sustainable and equitable futures require non-declining humanwellbeing built upon a diverse wealth base, including natural, human, built, socialand knowledge capital. We hypothesise that human wellbeing is linked to this wealthbase via social-ecological interactions: systems of biophysical processes transformingand transporting material and energy, mediated by social processes. Attempts tounderstand complex social-ecological systems highlight the incompleteness ofcurrent 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 socialecologicalsystems that provide resilience to them. We draw more general insightsabout resilience in Australia, including identifying signs of systemic drivers ofpossible futures and the requirements for adaptive and transformative capacities tocreate diverse options for maintaining wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNegotiating our future
Subtitle of host publicationLiving scenarios for Australia to 2050. volume 1 : syntheses
EditorsMichael R. Raupach, Anthony J. McMichael, John J. Finnigan, Lenore Manderson, Brian H. Walker
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralian Academy of Science
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)9780858473409
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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