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The components of resilience - perceptions of an Australian rural community

Prof. Helen Ross , Elizabeth Buikstra, Peter Baker, Dr Christine King, Kathryn Mclachlan, Cath Rogers-Clark, Desley Hegney

Resilience of individuals is a well established and useful concept in the psychology and mental health literatures but has been little explored in relation to communities. Related areas of theory in the community development and social impact assessment literature, however, provide insight into the qualities and assets of communities that enable them to develop effectively or to adapt to major changes. This paper reports the components of community and individual resilience identified through a participatory action research study with a community in rural Australia. Stanthorpe, in southeast Queensland, is in a temperate fruit growing area, and at the time of study had recovered from severe fires and hailstorms.


Recorded: October 2009, Dubrovnik - Cavtat, Croatia.
Coping & Resilience International Conference

Organiser: The Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice

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Prof. Helen Ross

Helen Ross is Professor of Rural Community Development in the School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, the University of Queensland, Gatton.

She is an interdisciplinary social scientist (environmental psychologist and anthropologist) specialising in social aspects of sustainable development and environmental management. Her fields include community participation in natural resource management, collaborative planning and management processes involving communities and agencies, and social impact assessment.

She and colleagues are currently working on Indigenous management partnerships for the Great Barrier Reef, landholder views of ecosystem services, and community involvement in integrated catchment management.

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Elizabeth Buikstra

ACT for Kids, Australia

Peter Baker

The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Christine King

Dr Christine King is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, specializing in participatory RD&E in agriculture and resource management. She has worked on ACIAR / AusAID projects in Cambodia, India and The Pacific Islands, leading teams of experts.

Christine  King

Kathryn Mclachlan

Kathryn McLachlan is a Community Development Worker in Stanthorpe, a small rural town in S/W Queensland, and a PhD candidate with the University of Queensland. Kath has been involved with the re-development of GraniteNet, a community website portal,

Kathryn Mclachlan

Cath Rogers-Clark

The University of Queensland and The University of Singapore, Australia

Desley Hegney

The University of Queensland and The University of Singapore, Australia

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