Social resilience: International colloquium

Presentation Michael Ungar @ Aurora

This international colloquium aims to bring together academic researchers, international experts, policy makers and representatives from civil society to discuss policy developments and their impact on the resilience of stakeholders operating on different levels. The colloquium will explore the themes of: Migration, crisis response & (human) security; Youth, identities & education; Big data & urban trust, and Inequalities & ageing in the context of the concept of social resilience. Moreover, this event is brought with the purpose of enhancing future international collaboration amongst resilience researchers and stakeholders. And more specific: building consortia to respond to international (EU) funding opportunities.

This article provides an overview and some information about the speakers who participated at the colloquium.

What is social resilience?

'We work from the central question: What makes citizens, organisations and governance systems resilient, while dealing with complex societal challenges' As is explained by the video below:


Michael Ungar (Dalhousie University)

His research focuses on resilience among children, youth and families and how they survive adversity in culturally diverse ways. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on this topic and is the author of 15 books. His books for researchers include The Social Ecology of and Youth with Complex Needs, Youth Resilience and Culture, The Social Ecology of Resilience, Resilience: A Handbook for Theory and Practice and Researching Resilience. Dr. Ungar has also published books designed for mental health professionals, such as Strengths-based Counselling with At-risk Youth, We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Children and Teens and Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive. More information about Michael and his work can be found here

In his presentation at the colliquium, Michael stressed that resilience as an concept should no longer be individualized. As is shown in the video below.




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