Community Resilience

City Market Portland

The resilience field is crowed and confused with multi-disciplinary interests in resilience perspectives. With UVA seed funding, we have created a new definition of community resilience, synthesizing thinking about resilience from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

We define community resilience as “the capacity for a community to endure, adapt, and transform itself by generating new ways of thinking and functioning in the context of change, uncertainty, or adversity." We have devised a new set of indicators to measure community resilience based on six environments (i.e. the social environment, built environment, natural environment, economic environment, health environment, and governance context). We are currently identifying ‘outlier’ communities -  those “thriving against all odds” despite adversity – as case studies to explore our new thinking.

To find out more about the project contact Jenny Roe:


Partners: UVa Environmental Sciences, Nursing, Thriving Cities, Psychology and the Center for Design & Health.