Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 27-34
  3. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 35-53
  4. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 55-65
  5. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 67-105
  6. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 107-116
  7. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 117-134
  8. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 135-144
  9. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 145-167
  10. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 169-183
  11. Brian Walker, David Salt
    Pages 185-199
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 201-227

About this book


In 2006, Resilience Thinking addressed an essential question: As the natural systems that sustain us are subjected to shock after shock, how much can they take and still deliver the services we need from them? This idea caught the attention of both the scientific community and the general public.

In Resilience Practice, authors Brian Walker and David Salt take the notion of resilience one step further, applying resilience thinking to real-world situations and exploring how systems can be managed to promote and sustain resilience.

The book begins with an overview and introduction to resilience thinking and then takes the reader through the process of describing systems, assessing their resilience, and intervening as appropriate. Following each chapter is a case study of a different type of social-ecological system and how resilience makes a difference to that system in practice. The final chapters explore resilience in other arenas, including on a global scale.

Resilience Practice will help people with an interest in the “coping capacity” of systems—from farms and catchments to regions and nations—to better understand how resilience thinking can be put into practice. It offers an easy-to-read but scientifically robust guide through the real-world application of the concept of resilience and is a must read for anyone concerned with the management of systems at any scale.


Coastal fisheries Green revolution Natural resource management Resilience assessment Wetlands

Authors and affiliations

  • Brian Walker
    • 1
  • David Salt
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO Ecosystem ScienceAustralia
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityAustralia

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