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David O'Byrne

David O'Byrne

Postdoctoral Fellow

David O'Byrne

Principles of epistemological accountability with methodological implications for measuring, assessing, and profiling human resilience


  • Astier Almedom
  • David O Byrne
  • Anne Jerneck

Summary, in English

We propose two fundamental principles of epistemological accountability with critical methodological implications for studies designed to measure, assess, and/or profile human psychosocial resilience. Firstly, researchers involved in human psychosocial resilience studies owe it to the individuals and communities that they engage to disclose their motives and possible misreadings of the situations they enter, albeit with good intentions. Secondly, researchers and those individuals researched need to share a language of colearning and coproduction, and utilization of knowledge that is mutually intelligible. Again, the onus is on researchers and their funders to respect the researched and their particular epistemological sovereignties. As the number of published examples of authentic community-and/or needs-driven research and action to strengthen human psychosocial resilience increases, the sustainability of human social well-being and harmony may also be expected to rise. Psychosocial resilience encompasses a dynamic multidimensional set of personal capabilities as well as social and material assets/resources that individuals, families, and communities mobilize to mentally and emotionally embrace "turbulent" change and transformation while maintaining routine functioning without loss of identity, integrity, or core purpose in life that defines them as who they are individually as well as collectively. These proposed informed predictions are yet to be widely adopted and applied in the new paradigm for advancing this century of human psychosocial resilience, well-being, and sustainability.


  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year







Ecology & Society





Document type

Journal article


The Resilience Alliance


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • human resilience
  • community resilience
  • epistemological accountability
  • psychosocial well-being
  • sustainability studies




  • ISSN: 1708-3087