Resiliency

noun

re·​sil·​ien·​cy | \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)-sē \

the ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions

What We Do

The Mission of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center is to explore the characteristics of food, water, and community systems that make them resilient (or fragile) and to develop strategies for increasing the resiliency of these critical life-support systems.

Communities in Arkansas and around the world are struggling to respond to changes that are happening in the environment, economy, and society – changes that are happening faster than we have ever experienced.

In order to continue supporting prosperous communities in both urban and rural areas, decision-makers need better tools and frameworks for understanding and managing the risks and opportunities these changes bring. One important way to manage these risks and opportunities is to foster resiliency in our communities - the ability to continue functioning under changing conditions and to resume functioning after a catastrophic disruption.

A Collaborative Approach

The University of Arkansas Resiliency Center (UARC) is an interdisciplinary research and outreach center hosted by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Walton College of Business.

The center coordinates sustainability programs across the U of A, including the Office for Sustainability and the Sustainability undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs. UARC works closely with the UA Community Design Center, the Center for Advanced Spatial Technology, and other communities of scholars across Arkansas and around the world.

For a visual representation, please see our organizational chart.