Comprehensive resilience governance: strengthening individual adaptation capacities as part of comprehensive security framework (CO-RESONANCE)

CO-RESONANCE seeks to understand the interface of individual and societal resilience in the context of comprehensive security in Finland. The project, funded by the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities, will produce a model for monitoring and assessing individual resilience capacities, particularly in the context of comprehensive security framework. It will also provide an analysis of the links and interdependencies between various levels (individual, societal, national, and international) contributing to resilience capabilities, thereby supporting policy-development and various other stakeholders working within the field of societal security.

Following the current international research literature, we understand resilience as a multi-dimensional and complex concept that can be implemented in a plurality of ways, and does not straightforwardly translate from one level to another. By and large, resilience points to the ability to adapt and change. It denotes creative plasticity that can enable individuals and societies to respond meaningfully to unexpected events, and even utilize them in the process of self-development. As a societal capacity, it is inherently relational, emerging from the interactive relationships between various actors in a given society.

The project consists of four working packages. First, through a meta-analysis of research findings in different disciplines and areas of study, the project seeks to bring the multiple dimensions and levels of resilience productively into contact with each other. The analysis will particularly link these findings to the established Finnish approaches to security and governance, assessing their strengths and weaknesses from the perspective of reinforcing resilience capabilities. Second, based on this analysis, the project will pay special attention to building bridges between individual psychology and civil society. What society-level mechanisms can be utilized for enhancing and assessing individual resilience? Can active citizenship and participatory practices contribute towards the creation of resilient individuals and societies? How are different societal segments to be taken into account? Third, the project will also highlight the link between resilient individuals and security of supply. In other words, we focus on how resilient individuals both depend on and contribute to the maintenance of critical functions under exceptional situations. In contemporary societies, this material aspect of resilience, further, needs to be seen in the context of international connections and interdependencies. Finally, the project’s final report brings these different analytical aspects together, providing both concrete indicators for assessing individual resilience and suggestions for enhancing resilience in the context of comprehensive security.

Contact info

Principal investigator:

Professor Sirpa Virta
Faculty of Management, University of Tampere
Phone: +358 40 190 4157
Email: sirpa.virta@uta.fi

Coordination:

Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen (PhD)
Faculty of Management, University of Tampere
Phone: +35850 318 7601
Email: Ari-Elmeri.Hyvonen@uta.fi

Tapio Juntunen (M.Soc.Sc.)
Faculty of Management, University of Tampere
Phone: +35850 318 7034
Email: Tapio.Juntunen@uta.fi