Resource guide on resilience

Illustration of resilience

IRGC’s Resource Guide on Resilience (volume 1 and volume 2) aims to serve as a state-of-the-art overview of various perspectives on resilience in selected disciplines and domains. Each volume is composed of several pieces from thought leaders in academia, government, and industry, and helps formalize resilience in a manner that is useful to practitioners for applications as diverse as critical infrastructure and socio-technical systems, environment and social-ecological systems, economics, or organizational management.

Volume 1, 2016

This collection of over 40 authored pieces offers researchers and practitioners a review of concepts, definitions and approaches of resilience, with a focus on comparing, contrasting and integrating risk and resilience, and indicators and measurements.

The IRGC Resource Guide on Resilience is developed by the IRGC Foundation and available at:

A compilation of all pieces is available here:

Volume 2, 2018 (forthcoming)

Volume 2 provides some in-depth and pragmatic evaluation of concepts and methods for resilience-based approaches (recovery from disruption) in contrast to risk-based approaches (absorption of risk), as proposed and practiced in different domains of science and practice. Further, it discusses the relevance and role of resilience as a strategy to address challenges posed by systemic risks, and the extent to which resilience can also help steer or navigate transitions.