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.
The Resiliency Research Team explores the processes that make systems fragile, and the mechanisms to design resilient systems. We focus on food, water, and community systems, with abroad portfolio of projects. The systems approach our team has developed allows us to explore, simulate, and design solutions to complex problems at scales from micro-to-global. The Resiliency Center Scholars, graduate students funded through our projects, are the heart of the research team.Learn about our research
Partners & Support
The University of Arkansas Resiliency Center partners with organizations and programs around the world to solve complex problems in water, food and community resiliency.
The Resiliency Center is an interdisciplinary education, research, and outreach program. We fund these critical activities through competitive grants, awards, collaborative projects, and gifts.See our partners & ways to support
Who We Are
The Mission of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center (UARC) is to explore what makes food, water and community systems resilient (or fragile), and to developing strategies for increasing the resiliency of these critical life-support systems. We are an interdisciplinary center of faculty, students, and staff from across every college on the U of A campus. We are hosted by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, in partnership with the College of Engineering and Walton College of Business.Meet our team
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.
Fay Jones School of
Architecture + Design
The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design offers professional design education, a vital school-wide design culture and an educational environment grounded in critical design thinking, multidisciplinary collaborations and civic engagement.Go to Fay Jones
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering is the only comprehensive doctorate-granting engineering program in Arkansas, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in 10 engineering fields, as well as incorporating distance learning and interdisciplinary programs. Faculty research includes areas such as electronics, energy, healthcare, nanotechnology, transportation and logistics.Go to the College of Engineering
Walton College of Business
The Sam M. Walton College of Business, the second-largest college at the University of Arkansas, advances and disseminates business knowledge using a diverse, inclusive and global perspective and encourages innovation in primary strategic endeavors: retail, data analytics and entrepreneurship.Go to Walton College
Office for Sustainability
The University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability motivates, facilitates, and coordinates innovation and progress through partnerships across the U of A to minimize the environmental impact of our campus.Go to the Office for Sustainability
Community Design Center
The U of A Community Design Center advances creative development in Arkansas through design, research, and education solutions. Focused on public-interest design, the UACDC has becomea respected national authority in urban design and the shaping of the built environment.Go to the Community Design Center
Center for Advanced Spatial Technology
The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) is a multi-disciplinary center for spatial research and technology housed within the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. CAST focuses on applications of geospatial technologies in research, teaching and service.Go to the Center for Advanced Spatial Technology