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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1196;

Resilience for Whom? The Problem Structuring Process of the Resilience Analysis

Geography Department—System Dynamics Group, Bergen University, Fosswinckelsgate 6, 5007 Bergen, Norway
Department DEMS, University of Palermo, 90100 Palermo, Italy
Received: 6 May 2017 / Revised: 4 June 2017 / Accepted: 3 July 2017 / Published: 11 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change)
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Resilience is a flexible concept open to many different interpretations. The openness of resilience implies that while talking about resilience, stakeholders risk talking past each other. The plurality of the interpretations has practical implications in the analysis and planning of resilience. This paper reflects on these implications that have so far not explicitly been addressed in the literature, by discussing the problem structuring process (PSP) of a modelling-based resilience analysis. The discussion is based on the analysis of food security resilience to climate change in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, jointly undertaken by the author, governmental authorities, small-scale farmers and academics of the national university. The aim of this discussion is to highlight the underestimated challenges and practical implications of the resilience concept ambiguity and potential avenues to address them. The contributions of the results presented in this paper are twofold. First, they show that, in practice, the resilience concept is constructed and subjective. Second, there remains a need for a participatory and contested framework for the PSP of resilience. View Full-Text
Keywords: food security; resilience; power; system dynamics; problem structuring process food security; resilience; power; system dynamics; problem structuring process

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