Torrens Resilience Institute

The Torrens Resilience Institute has been established to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans.

We aim to be a national and international centre of excellence through the development of advanced thinking in the concept of resilience. Our mission is to assist the Federal and State Governments, the emergency services, organisations and civil society enhance their leadership and management capabilities, and thus enable them to prepare for, and respond better to, disruptive challenges.

In addition to building national and community resilience within Australia, our work assists the Federal and State Governments achieve their foreign policy and humanitarian objectives by developing resilient national capacities in the countries of South East Asia and the Pacific Rim.

TRI incorporates:


Social Capital and Community Resilience

Professor Daniel Aldrich / Director - Security and Resilience Studies, Northeastern University (USA)

Monday August 6 2018 - Flinders University Victoria Square

Despite the ubiquity of disaster and the increasing toll in human lives and financial costs, much research and policy remains focused on physical infrastructure centred approaches to such events. However, evidence shows that social, not physical, infrastructure drives resilience. 

Join us as we discuss the critical role of social capital and networks in disaster survival and recovery including the definitions of social capital, measurement and proxies, types of social capital, and mechanisms and application. 

Daniel Aldrich is Professor of political science and Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program at Northeastern University. He researches post-disaster recovery, countering violent extremist, the siting of controversial facilities and the interaction between civil society and the state. 

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