International Resilience Revolution Conference 2020

8th – 11th September 2020

Welcome to our International Resilience Revolution Conference.

Like us, you are probably interested in radical ways of researching and practicing resilience. Ways that put social justice, systems and community members’ leadership and priorities right at the heart.  We are developing community and professional practices based on our research on Beating the Odds and Changing the Odds. If you share these aspirations then you’ve come to the right place. Our conference will focus on resilience approaches that tackle inequalities and apply what researchers call ‘socio-ecological systems’ thinking. These are ways of thinking that take into account families, schools and wider communities in terms of resilience building. At the conference expect to see challenges to resilience approaches that are dominated by academics and policy makers suggesting we should all just pull ourselves up by our boot straps.

Join in with our conference to share what you’re up to if it broadly fits with our principles. If you want to come without your own structured contribution, that’s great too. Come to learn from academics and local communities who are developing research and practice that we want to share and grow with others.

The conference is being organised by a complex and passionate partnership – the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice at the University of Brighton in collaboration with the social enterprise Boingboing and HeadStart Blackpool, which is led by Blackpool Council, supported by the UK’s National Lottery Community Fund.

For three years, the University of Brighton’s Centre of Resilience for Social Justice has been working its own community network, Boingboing, alongside Blackpool Council and other partners on a Resilience Revolution which started in Blackpool, UK. The focus is using resilience approaches to develop new ways of working right across a whole town to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Together we’re now organising the world’s first Resilience Revolution conference.

Expect a mix of fascinating keynote talks by leading experts with personal, academic and practice experience. We want contributions from YOU – workshops, talks, performances, posters and who knows what else might come our way once we see the proposed contributions by experienced community members and academics.

The plans include: visits to schools and other local places to meet children, young people and adults who are putting resilience-based theories into practice in their communities; pre-conference workshops to learn about exciting techniques and initiatives; PhD student project updates, including talks that aren’t just aimed at academics; and lots of informal opportunities to make friends and new collaborations.

Get cracking on your submission. Our call for contributions is open now and will close on 2nd December 2019. Keep checking our conference website for further updates and sign up for our newsletter at so you won’t miss out.

And if you have any particularly bright ideas you think we’d be interested in that connect with the theme that you’d like to tell us about straight away, please email us –

Themes of the Resilience Revolution Conference and ideas for contribution submissions

  • Resilience research or practice with an activist twist
  • Stories of how people have reclaimed resilience-based approaches to make them relevant to their
    own challenging context, for example, as a local community, youth collective or service user group
  • Cultural and cross-cultural aspects of resilience
  • Exciting new theoretical ideas on resilience that take us to a higher plain
  • Putting revolutionary resilience ideas into practice in a school setting or across a whole town
  • Challenges to dominant constructions of resilience
  • Research-based and practice accounts of how people are looking beyond the individual and applying resilience approaches across systems

We are interested in hearing about research and practice that relates to any of the above in relation to any context – e.g. social, world environmental, galactic…

If any of these apply, you might want to start thinking about possible contributions, whether that be: a workshop, talk, performance piece, installation, poster or something that we just haven’t quite thought of yet. We will have some bursaries for people on a low income, including communities, youth and students who are doing important work that needs sharing.



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