BSOS Faculty at the Forefront of Resiliency Research

Across our departments and programs, faculty are at the cutting edge of resilience research. Although there are variations in the use of the term ‘resilience’ across and within disciplines, connections across the body of BSOS faculty research includes focusing on health and safety, oppression/stigma, and resilience in the economic, environmental, and democratic spheres.  

  • Are you a BSOS student interested in identifying faculty who do resilience work in specific areas of interest?
  • Are you a faculty member interested in connecting with colleagues who do related resilience work in other departments?
  • Are you a community member or journalist looking to find an expert on resilience related issues?

If yes, we invite you to click around on the interactive visual aids below (Important Note: Be sure to allow pop-ups to see the full effects). Here you can see BSOS faculty working on resilience research by department.



The topical focus of each researcher may differ in a variety of ways such as the target population, the unit of analysis (individual, family, community, etc.), and importantly, in the conceptualization of ‘resilience’ itself. For the purposes of this exercise, a broad definition for resilience research is employed.

Resilience is simply defined as the ability of persons or places to prevent or recover from stimuli of any kind. This means that resilience research may take many forms including studying the impact of economic policies in developing countries, evaluating interventions to reduce intimate partner violence, agricultural monitoring with remote sensing, and more. Although there are differences in their resilience research-related agendas, there are underlying thematic ties that create connections across the lines of economic, environmental, and democratic resilience, as well as areas related to health and safety, and oppression and stigma. The visualization below shows where those connections exist.




Disclaimer: The visualizations on this webpage are generated by BSOS departmental websites, faculty bios, and linked curriculum vitae. The information is up to date as of August 2022. Full research agendas cannot be captured in the visualizations, so you should review the individual faculty members’ departmental bios or reach out to them directly to learn more about their work.

Note: The visualizations on this page are best viewed on a computer or tablet, rather than a phone or other small mobile device.