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JRC: The challenge of resilience in a globalised world

The report The Challenge of Resilience in a Globalised World, published by Joint Research Centre (JRC), discusses the concept of resilience from different perspectives and the role of science in the continuous process of building a resilient, stable, competitive and prosperous Europe.

Resilience determines the capacity to successfully deal with difficult events and to adapt and overcome adversity. It creates stability in a changing world which in turn promotes job creation, economic growth and environmental sustainability. Resilience is a fundamental prerequisite for Europe as the largest integrated economic area in the world and has an important social dimension which requires the active cooperation of all stakeholders; citizens, the private sector, governments and NGOs included.

The current report is JRC’ s first-ever attempt to deepen the knowledge and develop a holistic approach by analysing various strategies for building resilience in the EU. The objective is to help EU
Member States to better focus scarce resources on key vulnerabilities and, where beneficial, to join forces in building a more robust, resilient and prosperous EU.


1. Setting the Scene
A more resilient Europe and the role of science, V. Å ucha
Why resilience matters, M. Wahlström
A business perspective, B.Stigson
A climate perspective: cutting emissions and creating jobs, A. Wijkman

2. The concept of resilience
The concept of resilience: a European perspective, S. Lechner

3. Resilience of supplies – the basic needs
Modelling the Energy Union: mission impossible?, M. Masera
Towards a resilient food production system, N. Hubbard
Water resilience: addressing water pressures and disruptions and the drivers behind them, G. Bidoglio

4. European resilience in action
Civil protection: better together ‘“ within Europe and globally, F. Fink-Hooijer
Nuclear safety: joint European reaction to the Fukushima accident, S. Abousahl
Financial solidarity, K. Regling
The Banking Union: calculating systemic risk across Europe, F. Campolongo
The EU Stability and Growth Pact: a multidimensional modelling challenge, M. Ratto
Health and pandemics: efficient EU responses by sharing knowledge, C. Nicholl

5. Upcoming challenges
Social resilience, G. Fischer
Geopolitics: common platforms for efficient EU crisis response, D. Al Khudhairy
Climate change: how to address a creeping crisis, M. Porter
Migration: European cooperation for resilience of the blue borders, A. Zampieri
Counter-terrorism: EU collaboration, O. Luyckx

6. Emerging technologies
Big data and the ‘˜Internet of Things’ : research for Europe’ s digital resilience, J-P. Nordvik
Can Europe become quantum-safe? G.Lenhart
The Internal Market: protecting European innovation, A. Campinos

7. Conclusions and next steps
Measuring resilience to design innovative policies, E. Giovannini
Managing complexity: the key to resilience, S. Lechner
Global risk and global resilience, W. J. Ammann
Resilience through trilateral collaboration, J. Jacometti