Resilience: State of Science and Practice within OECD - Igor Linkov & Naouma Kourti


Resilience thinking and assessment is an area of growing interest in many disciplines. Driven by a need to prepare for and recover from high consequence shocks on various social, information, and infrastructure systems, resilience has evolved as a concept dealing with how a system operates under stress. This is particularly relevant for the management of major risks. Resilience calls for a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on social sciences as well as natural science, and may lend itself to a variety of methodological approaches by which system resilience may be assessed. It has also been used as a concept in the economic area to assess the capacity of economies and financial systems to withstand major shocks.

This seminar will summarise the current state of resilience science and practice through selected illustrations and will discuss how resilience is used in an OECD context in applications ranging from information systems to national economies. Comparison of the best science and best practice with resilience thinking and approaches within OECD will be made. Furthermore, we hope to stimulate discussion on the current approaches to resilience quantification, including decision-analytical and network science tools and how these connect with policy design and implementation. It will help identify how these approaches might assist OECD mission goals, as well as plans for strengthening synergies among existing projects on the resilience needs of member countries to better prepare for future economic, social, and environmental threats.


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