Published online by Cambridge University Press: 16 December 2021
Resilience has been studied in many fields and contexts. While there are different definitions and perspectives, it refers to a process or outcome of adapting to and recovering from a disruption and ideally bouncing forward to an improved state of functioning. In this chapter, the focus is on community resilience using a systems perspective, including the elements that support resilience in adverse circumstances. The global experience with the COVID-19 pandemic is discussed as an example of how social actions can support community resilience, as well as two examples of citizen engagement focused on preparedness for and recovery from disaster. Essential elements of any community preparedness, response and recovery activities include recognition of the importance of addressing inequities and social justice, while managing complexity and tailoring strategies to the unique cultures within each community.