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Kimberly Nicholas

Kimberly Nicholas

Senior Lecturer, Docent, Director of Studies PhD school

Kimberly Nicholas

Towards a bridging concept for undesirable resilience in social-ecological systems

Author

  • André Z. Dornelles
  • Emily Boyd
  • Richard J. Nunes
  • Mike Asquith
  • Wiebren J. Boonstra
  • Izabela Delabre
  • J. Michael Denney
  • Volker Grimm
  • Anke Jentsch
  • Kimberly A. Nicholas
  • Matthias Schröter
  • Ralf Seppelt
  • Josef Settele
  • Nancy Shackelford
  • Rachel J. Standish
  • Genesis Tambang Yengoh
  • Tom H. Oliver

Summary, in English

Non-technical summaryResilience is a cross-disciplinary concept that is relevant for understanding the sustainability of the social and environmental conditions in which we live. Most research normatively focuses on building or strengthening resilience, despite growing recognition of the importance of breaking the resilience of, and thus transforming, unsustainable social-ecological systems. Undesirable resilience (cf. lock-ins, social-ecological traps), however, is not only less explored in the academic literature, but its understanding is also more fragmented across different disciplines. This disparity can inhibit collaboration among researchers exploring interdependent challenges in sustainability sciences. In this article, we propose that the term lock-in may contribute to a common understanding of undesirable resilience across scientific fields.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
  • BECC - Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publishing year

2020

Language

English

Publication/Series

Global Sustainability

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Topic

  • Environmental Sciences

Keywords

  • lock-in
  • regime shifts
  • sustainable development
  • tipping points
  • transformations

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2059-4798