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Resilience: The Concept, a Literature Review and Future Directions

In an ever-more interconnected world, countries, communities, organisations and individuals are all subjected to a diverse and ever-changing environment. The threats that this often turbulent environment poses can vary in both severity and frequency. Threats may also originate internally or externally to a system and create far reaching implications and impacts. Often, the impacts of these events are felt across the world. An event in one area can often have disastrous effects in another (Juttner 2005). Events can also take many forms as highlighted by several recently publicised occurences including the 2008 global nancial crisis, the 2010 Haiti and Chile earthquakes and the unfolding events of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Natural disasters, pandemic

1.1 Introduction ......................................................................................................3 1.2 Susceptibility to Disasters and Disruptions ......................................................4 1.3 Review Methodology ........................................................................................6