GSAÉD’s 19th Interdisciplinary Conference: Building Resiliency

“Resilience is the capacity of a system, be it an individual, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It is about how humans and nature can use shocks and disturbances like a financial crisis or climate change to spur renewal and innovative thinking.” —Stockholm Resilience Centre

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Organized annually since 1997, the GSAÉD Interdisciplinary Conference allows graduate students to present their research to a diverse audience and hear keynote lectures by renowned speakers.

This year’s theme considers ‘resiliency’, and will seek to highlight, challenge and examine the dynamics of ‘resilience’ within a local, national and international context. This theme invites and encourages discussion on political studies, ethics, philosophy, arts, sociology, engineering, medicine and health, human kinetics and much more.

Over the past few years, the concept of ‘resilience’ has gained much prominence, and there has been an explosion of research and policies into what ‘resilience’ actually denotes. Some guiding questions for this theme include, but are not limited to:

– What links exist between resilient thinking and development issues?
– In what ways can municipal, provincial/territorial governments work with the federal government to become more resilient when confronting multilateral issues?
– What are the diverse perspectives on resilience held by representatives from government, large international organizations, and the business sector?
– How can we educate for resilience?
– How can we build community resilience, through infrastructure and community planning?
– How can we build resilience to secure food and nutrition security?
– How can we ensure resiliency in adaptive systems?
– How and when can we identify the need for resiliency?
– What are some new methodological approaches that are resilient?

We have received submissions that offer a critical, in-depth analysis of the issues or questions that challenge and examine ‘resiliency’ in the following formats: posters; papers; pecha kucha; creative works; and panel discussions (3-4 people).

Our Conference would not be possible if it was not for the generous support of our volunteers and sponors. We are extremley grateful for their support in making the Conference possible.























Conference Day 1, February 10, 2016 – Abstracts

Conference Day 2, February 11, 2016 – Abstracts

Conference Day 3, February 12, 2016 – Abstracts


Find last year’s event photos on Facebook!