An approach to pluralizing socionatural resilience through assemblages

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Resilience provides a forward-looking framework to understand human–environment relations. Yet, adopted through a system-modelling approach in coupled social-ecological systems, it often reinforces a functionalist vision of the world as an interconnected whole, unable to engage with the multiplicity of people’s practices navigating change. I argue for sustained engagement with resilience and propose a socionatural approach to overcome its system-modelling limitations, thinking through the world’s entities as inherently social and natural. I discuss how socionatural resilience can be pluralized through assemblage ideas and reflect on the implications that an ontological politics of resilience poses for our conceptual framing and methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2021


  • assemblage
  • pluriverse
  • political ontology
  • resilience
  • social-ecological systems
  • socionature


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