Resilience Constructions: How to Make the Differences Between Theoretical Concepts Visible?

  • Stefan BöschenEmail author
  • Claudia R. Binder
  • Andreas Rathgeber


The concept of resilience has performed an amazing career. Starting out in some selected disciplines, such as psychology and ecology, it has been applied in a vast variety of disciplines including natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Resilience deals with the characteristics of individuals, units—more abstractly: entities—that enable them to not only maintain their identity in face of unusual or critical situations, but to potentially even emerge strengthened from such stressful situations.



First, we want to thank Benedikt Gleich, Herbert Mayer, Holger Sauter for their support in data collection and all colleagues from the research consortium ForChange for their cooperation and constructive criticism. Special thanks go to our colleagues Susan Mühlemeier, Romano Wyss and Thorsten Schilling for active discussion, valuable suggestions and notes on compilation of the essay. We also thank the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art, which subsidised the projects in the scope of the Bavarian research association ForChange.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Böschen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudia R. Binder
    • 2
  • Andreas Rathgeber
    • 3
  1. 1.Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule AachenAachenGermany
  2. 2.École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), ENAC/HERUSLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Universität AugsburgAugsburgGermany

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