Panel 1

Resilience studies, current profile of research

and potential for interdisciplinarity

Wednesday, 3rd of february 2021
10.15 - 11.00

Enhancing the resilience of social-ecological systems that underpin human well-being is critical for meeting current and future societal needs, and requires specific governance and management policies. This panel will explore the theory and application of resilience approaches to societal issues.

Didier Wernli is a Senior Researcher/Lecturer and the deputy Director for research at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. He has an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. Didier holds a medical doctorate (MD) from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, a masters degree (MA) in international affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, and an interdisciplinary doctorate (PhD) from the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. Over the past ten years, Didier has developed several interdisciplinary programmes and teaching activities in global health/governance as well as collaborative research at the interface between international relations and health. Drawing on systems and complexity science, his research interests are on the global governance of infectious diseases. Didier is the co-founder and Director of the Geneva Transformative Governance Lab and a principal investigator within an international collaboration funded by JPIAMR on the resilience of One Health systems to antimicrobial resistance. Didier is also a principal investigator in the project: Governing systemic crises in the 21st century: Learning from early Covid-19 responses in Europe”.


My Sellberg is a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, with two main research interests: transformations to sustainable and resilient food systems, and application of resilience thinking in societal and environmental planning at the local and regional level. She did her PhD in Sustainability Science on the main topic of advancing resilience practice, particularly in local and regional work with sustainable development and natural resource management with case studies mainly from Sweden and Australia. Sellberg’s research is transdisciplinary and with competence in process facilitation she engages actors outside of academia in co-producing knowledge. Recently, Sellberg developed a pilot training in resilience aimed at civil servants from municipalities, county councils, and regions in Sweden.


You can check out the SRS webpage with is fairly updated:


Raphaël Sandoz After training in physics and philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel, Raphaël Sandoz obtained his doctorate in 2013 from the History and Philosophy of Sciences Unit of the University of Geneva. There he defended a thesis aimed at putting the problem of the applicability of mathematics to physics in historical context. Receiving a mobility grant from the SNSF, he then went to Oxford University, where he did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. His research then oriented him towards the history of scientific disciplines and the evolution of their modalities of interaction over time. A second SNSF mobility grant allows him to spend, during 2018, a stay at the University of Chicago where he is working on a project that will lead him to the creation of an interactive historical Atlas of disciplines: He is currently pursuing his research at the University of Geneva, where he is working on a project to re-examine, on the basis of concrete historical cases, the influence of disciplinary boundaries on scientific discovery.

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