Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

OECD LEED Webinar Series on "Local economic resilience and adaptability to long-term challenges" - Part One


Part One: Understanding Economic Resilience

1-2 December 2015


The OECD LEED research project “Building resilience through greater adaptability to long-term challenges” aims to explore the link between local resilience and the capacity to adapt to long-term challenges such as ageing populations and the shift to a green economy.

Resilience is a broad concept that analyses not only the ability to resist and recover from adverse shocks, but also to ‘bounce back’ stronger than before and to learn from the experience. The OECD LEED Webinar series will explore the notion of ‘local economic resilience’ for practitioners in local labour markets.

The objective of the series is to develop a practical policy lens for building resilience in local labour markets for local partners, relevant stakeholders, researchers, practitioners and academics. The webinars will enable serious discussion on the concept of ‘local economic resilience’ in an informal setting that facilitates interaction and questions. The format will feature presentations from policy experts and a roundtable discussion with the audience.


No participation fee is required. Participants are able to participate in the webinar over the internet.
Language: English.


For further information on the seminar, please contact the OECD Secretariat.

Webinar 1: Defining Local Economic Resilience
December 1, 4pm (CET)
Webinar 2: Measuring Local Economic Resilience
December 2, 5pm (CET)
This webinar analysed conceptual and definitional issues associated with the term ‘local economic resilience’. Although the concept of resilience is increasingly used in policy contexts, its practical value could be unclear to local policymakers. We explored this notion by critically examining the following ideas:

How should we define ‘local economic resilience’?
  • Why is resilience a relevant concept for local policymakers?
  • Is resilience linked only to the ability to respond to short-term shocks? What about adapting to long-term structural change
  • How does the concept of ‘local economic resilience’ apply to labour markets?
  • How can policymakers assess the resilience of regional labour markets?
  • How does resilience in local labour market link to broader concepts such as economic diversification?

Professor Karen Chapple (University of California, Berkeley), Professor Ron Martin (University of Cambridge) and Neil McInroy (CLES) discussed the definition and conceptualization of the term ‘local economic resilience’. They answered targeted policy questions from Nathalie Cliquot (OECD LEED) and then responded to open questions from the audience.


This webinar discussed indicators and metrics of resilience, particularly in the context of local labour markets.

Which factors can impact regional resilience and how can we measure them?

  • How can we measure a local area’s capacity to respond to change?
  • How can we assess the relative importance of particular factors?
  • How can we use these factors to understand variation in regional economic performance?
  • How can we apply resilience to the specific context of regional labour markets?
  • How can policymakers assess the resilience of regional labour markets?
  • What is the relationship between labour market institutions and labour market resilience?

Associate Professor Menno Fenger (Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe) and Dr Adrian Healy (Cardiff University) presented factors impacting local economic resilience in labour markets. This were followed by a roundtable discussion with the audience.



Recording of the Webinars