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Theme Resilience

Up to now, various researchers from different fields have found that resilience plays a role in whether or not healthy aging occurs. The four levels show that the theme Resilience cannot be further investigated without the co-operation between different disciplines. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is needed to answer the following basic questions:

  • What is resilience? And how can we measure the various levels of resilience?

  • What makes some individuals, communities, organisations or government bodies more resilient than others?

  • Which methods can possibly increase resilience at all four levels?

Research focus

Research within the theme Resilience focuses on an issue close to home: the earthquakes in the north-east of Groningen, as a result of gas extraction. The problem in Groningen addresses the resilience of individuals and communities as well as the resilience of organisations and governments.

Recent research

More than 130,000 inhabitants of the area suffer damage to their homes. Recent research has shown that sixteen percent of those people have stress-related health problems. That is an increase of fifty percent compared to residents without damage. With this, the researchers have shown that damage to homes causes mental health problems. These insights have increased the awareness of the problem among national and municipal authorities. At the same time, the study raises many more questions about the role of resilience. By working together on a transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary level, we hope to find answers to these and many other questions about the theme Resilience.

Last modified:23 July 2019 10.55 a.m.
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