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Building Regional Economic Resilience: What Can We Learn from Other Fields, Working Paper 043 Open Access

Within a variety of academic fields, the concept of resilience has been gaining currency as a way to understand how systems react to change, disruptions, and trauma. The idea of ‘resilience’ has become a common method of trying to capture different responses to an increasing number of systemic shocks. Frequently, however, many of these studies stay within their own fields, rarely branching out beyond the specific topic of interest to explore how resilience is conceptualized in other fields and what contributions that definition of resilience might provide to their own work. Furthermore, even though most of those working on the topic believe resilience is not an innate concept but rather a capacity that can be built, there is generally a tendency to researchers to focus on how a system or individual bounces back, rather than why.

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