Drs. Linkov and Palma Oliveira of Factor Social has published book on “Resilience and Risk: Methods and Applications in Environment, Cyber and Social Domains.” The book is published by Springer and is focused emerging field of resilience analysis. The book begins with a chapter which explains the objectives of the book and an overview of resilience. It describes how resilience driven strategies can be solutions to growing challenges such as loss of biodiversity or cybersecurity in its ability to protect against the consequences of unknown or unexpected events.

The book is written as a step towards structuring the field of resilience analysis. While resilience analysis has the potential to improve safety and security across a variety of fields, the lack of standardization makes it difficult for practitioners to consistently and reliably use. This book reviews the definitions, interpretations and methodology used in resilience analysis and relating those back to traditional risk analysis in order to summarize the current state of the field, to identify the challenges and to explore possible solutions.

“Resilience and Risk” came about as the results a group of fifty scholars and practitioners meeting in the Azores Islands for a four day workshop. This workshop was sponsored and funded in part by the NATO, and in part by the US Army and other sponsoring organizations and was organized by Drs. Linkov, Palma Oliveira and Srdjevic. RESILENS Project supported preparation of several book chapters.  As part of the event, participants were organized into four working groups focused on risk and resilience in infrastructure, cyber and social domains as well as a group exploring methodology and tools for cross domain integration.

The book contains a chapter written by each of the four working groups as well as individual submissions from the workshops attendees covering a broad range of topics from “Redesigning Resilient Infrastructure Research” to “Resilience and Fault Tolerance” to “Planning Resilient Communities”. Across the chapters, authors provide a clear argument for the use of a systems-driven view on resilience and highlight this view by demonstrating its use across a variety of applications. They are transparent about the challenges and gaps in the field, and thorough in exploring possible solutions. Distinguishing between risk and resilience methods, and noting similarities is another theme taken up across multiple applications. Resilience and Risk is expected be available in hardcover, paperback and as an ebook beginning July 25th 2017.

RESILENS is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme for the development of tools that support managers with the improvement of resilience pertaining to Critical Infrastructure (CI). One of the tools developed by this project is the European Resilience Management Guidance (ERMG). This tool guides several topics (e.g. risk management, budget and financial issues, information management systems, business continuity, and risk communication) related to the practical application of resilience to all CI sectors. This paper, which was developed as an input for the ERMG, presents some guidelines on risk communication that can be useful to managers.

The book Resilience and Risk is available from the 31st August. Chapter 18 ‘Enhancing Organizational Resilience Through Risk Communication: Basic Guidelines for Managers’ was written by Factor Social partners with information compiled during RESILENS project.

Resilience and Risk- Addressing the current state of resilience studies

By Igor Linkov and Jose Palma Oliveira