Researching Social Resilience, 5 - 6 August, 2013, Singapore (Submission deadline 14 May 2013)

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Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore
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Please see conference workshop website for more details on individual panels:

The notion of resilience has recently gained much currency in narratives on how individuals, institutions, states and nations could survive and cohere in the face of crises and security challenges. This has largely been an empirically-driven development as a response to the increasing number of traditional and non-traditional security threats that have arisen in the context of larger trends in climate change, democratization and globalization. The urgency in developing resilience as a response to crises is therefore often more keenly felt by policy-makers than academics. The major concern is how social structures, organizations and relations in a multi-cultural society will cohere and recover rather than fracture irreparably in the event of shocks or crises. This division of labour is not surprising, even desirable given that it is incumbent upon policy-makers to be amongst the first responders to, if not pre-empters of, any crisis that hits the country while academics take a more measured pace in dissecting, defining, conceptualizing and operationalizing the multiple factors – trust in government institutions, social capital, race and religion, equity and equality, population and immigration – that theoretically affect social cohesion and resilience.

This two-day conference invites and calls for papers on eliciting policy applications and evaluating policy outcomes from academic research on social cohesion and social resilience. The audience for this conference will include local academics and policy-makers.

The papers will address these questions: What are the best practices and tools in the field – qualitative and/or quantitative – that both academics and policy-makers can use to understand and explain social cohesion and resilience? How does one measure and evaluate the efficacy of policies designed to cultivate social cohesion and resilience? What can be done to close the gaps between academic research outputs and policy outcomes?

Besides Panel 1 which discusses the overarching theme of the Conference, other panels will engage with more substantive and specific issues pertaining to researching social resilience. Details of each Panel may be obtained at the workshop website:

Panel 1 – When Theory Meets Practice: Eliciting and Evaluating Policy Outcomes from Academic Research on Social Resilience

Panel 2 – Trust in Government Institutions

Panel 3 – Social Capital

Panel 4 – Race and Religion

Panel 5 – Inequality

Panel 6 – Immigration and Citizenship

Abstracts and Papers

We invite submissions (in English only) from all disciplines relevant to the theme of the Conference. Please send abstracts of approximately 300-350 words in electronic form to Nadica Pavlovska ( All proposals should include name, contact information, institutional affiliation and a short biography of not more than 400 words.

Papers should be double-spaced, Arial font size 10, between 6000-8000 words using Chicago Style format with footnotes and references.

All abstracts should reach us by 14 May 2013
Selected participants will be notified by 31 May 2013
Final submission of papers is expected by 29 July 2013

Travel grants may be available for overseas participants.

For more information please contact:
Ms Nadica Pavlovska
Tel: (+65) 6790 6650