Title: Resilience Research – Empirical Applications For Social, Environmental, & Economic Systems
Time and Date: Nov. 23, 2017. 10:00-12:00
Venue: Room 104, Old Library Building
Presented by: Dr. Ali Kharrazi
Ali Kharrazi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan and a Guest Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria. Ali holds a PhD in Sustainability Science from Tokyo University, graduate degrees from London School of Economics in Information Systems & University of Cambridge in Innovation Studies & BA from CUNY in Economics. Ali’s research interest is on advancing and applying the concept of resilience in socio-ecological systems. For the past years, he has been engaged in research and educational activities from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives, to advance empirical and data driven approaches for resilient water, energy, food, and trade systems.
Previously Ali worked as a Researcher at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, where he researched targets and indicators for the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. His previous research stays include the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany; The Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs at Brown University; and the Santa Fe Research Institute. He is the recipient of the 2013 Green Talents Awards from the German Ministry of Education and Research and selected as a 2015 World Social Science Fellow in Urban Big Data by the International Social Science Council. Ali has published more than 30 papers on many journals. For more information, please visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ali_Kharrazi
The concept of resilience is increasingly employed across a diverse range of disciplines and has gained critical importance to researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers concerned with dynamic social, environmental, and economic systems. The concept resonates with the ability of a system to be robust and to recover following a shock or disturbance. The literature surrounding the concept of resilience is highly scattered and contains numerous semantic, theoretical, and qualitative treatments in disciplines ranging from psychology, engineering, sociology, and disaster management. These treatments have increasingly heightened the need for empirical advancements of the concept beyond qualitative, theoretical, and index-based definitions and towards quantitative and systems-level measurements. This talk provides an overview of the concept of resilience and specifically its recent empirical advancements. The first part of the talk examines common conceptual underpinnings and misconceptions to the concept of resilience. In the second part, common empirical approaches and models of resilience will be reviewed. Finally, in the third part of the talk, future research avenues relevant to the resilience of natural-social systems will be discussed.