Frequently Asked Questions

What is resilience?

Used differently by a range of fields from psychology to engineering, resilience has no single widely accepted definition. The concept typically connotes an ability to “bounce back” from a stress or disturbance, potentially returning to a pre-stress norm or a transformed post-stress condition. A versatile concept, resilience may pertain to any material or non-material phenomenon—people, structure, concept, or place, for example—with the property of being buoyant. For more on the concept of resilience, see Rolf Pendall, Kathryn A. Foster and Margaret Cowell. 2010. “Resilience and Regions: Building Understanding of the Metaphor.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 3 (1): 71-84.
The RCI was developed by the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, State University of New York.