Resilience Research Centre

Welcome to the Resilience Research Centre

We carry out innovative research while providing world-renowned resilience tools and resources.

Guiding the world in resilience research

Led by Dr. Michael Ungar, the Resilience Research Centre has collaborated with local, national and international institutions for more than 15 years to carry out innovative research that explores pathways to resilience across cultures. That work focuses on explaining how children, youth and adults thrive in family, school, workplace and community settings under stress. The Centre also provides resilience measurement tools and training in the form of workshops and conferences. Through its partnerships with researchers, policymakers and clinicians around the globe, the Centre has built a world-renowned resource hub of resilience expertise and tools to support individuals and communities on their path to psychological, social, cultural and physical well-being.

Guiding the world in resilience research

Led by Dr. Michael Ungarthe Resilience Research Centre has collaborated with local, national and international institutions for more than 15 years to carry out innovative research that explores pathways to resilience across cultures. That work focuses on explaining how children, youth and adults thrive in family, school, workplace and community settings under stress. The Centre also provides resilience measurement tools and training in the form of workshops and conferences. Through its partnerships with researchers, policymakers and clinicians around the globe, the Centre has built a world-renowned resource hub of resilience expertise and tools to support individuals and communities on their path to psychological, social, cultural and physical well-being.

Tools and Resources

Resilience Measure (CYRM/ARM)

Self-report measures of social-ecological resilience, used by researchers and practitioners worldwide.
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Resilience to Violent Extremism (BRAVE)

A brief questionnaire tool that can be used to assess risk and protective factors for young people’s resilience to violent extremism.
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The Rugged Resilience Measure (RRM)

A brief and validated self-report measure of psychological or ‘internal’ resilience.
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Evaluation Tool Basket

A tool designed to help programs and organizations complete their own internal evaluation.
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What Works Manual

An easy-to-use guide that is ideal for anyone working with children and families in social service or humanitarian settings, as well as community facilitators, counselors, and policy makers. It includes plenty of case examples of programs in both low-and-middle-income countries (where financial and human resources are scarce) and high-income countries (where resources are easier to find but problems can still be very complex).

R2 Resilience

R2 is a program built on promising practices that have been shown to enhance wellbeing among individuals experiencing stress and adversity. It integrates the principles of a social ecological approach to resilience developed by Dr. Michael Ungar and his colleagues from all around the world who are part of the Resilience Research Centre.

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Resilience Evaluations
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Evaluations

The Resilience Research Centre has carried out numerous local, national and international evaluations of programs and services concerned with the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities. Our evaluations are tailored to the needs of each program and tend to use mixed methods with a pre-, mid-, post- test design.

eQuoo the Emotional Fitness Game

An evidence-based mental health and resilience game for young adults that teaches the psychological skills needed to build resilience.

Current Research Projects

Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments (RYSE)

RYSE is a multinational research project that explores patterns of resilience among young people in changing environments. Learn More

Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC)

The CYRRC works to promote the successful integration of refugee children, youth and their families in Canada and beyond. Learn More

Publications

Books & Special Issues

Book Chapters

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Newsletter

Recent Updates

Dalhousie social work scholar, Dr. Michael Ungar ranks top in the world

Looking Beyond Self-Help to Understand Resilience: An Interview with Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar on why post-pandemic resilience “takes a village” - OECD TopClass Podcast

How Kids Find Strength in Stressed Environments - Dr. Michael Ungar

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Resilience, Adaptive Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice (2021)

Processes of post-war reconstruction, peacebuilding and reconciliation are partly about fostering stability and adaptive capacity across different social systems. Nevertheless, these processes have seldom been expressly discussed within a resilience framework. Similarly, although the goals of transitional justice – among them (re)establishing the rule of law, delivering justice and aiding reconciliation – implicitly encompass a resilience element, transitional justice has not been explicitly theorised as a process for building resilience in communities and societies that have suffered large-scale violence and human rights violations. The chapters in this unique volume theoretically and empirically explore the concept of resilience in diverse societies that have experienced mass violence and human rights abuses. They analyse the extent to which transitional justice processes have – and can – contribute to resilience and how, in so doing, they can foster adaptive peacebuilding. This book is available as Open Access.

Resilience, Adaptive Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice (2021)

Processes of post-war reconstruction, peacebuilding and reconciliation are partly about fostering stability and adaptive capacity across different social systems. Nevertheless, these processes have seldom been expressly discussed within a resilience framework. Similarly, although the goals of transitional justice – among them (re)establishing the rule of law, delivering justice and aiding reconciliation – implicitly encompass a resilience element, transitional justice has not been explicitly theorised as a process for building resilience in communities and societies that have suffered large-scale violence and human rights violations. The chapters in this unique volume theoretically and empirically explore the concept of resilience in diverse societies that have experienced mass violence and human rights abuses. They analyse the extent to which transitional justice processes have – and can – contribute to resilience and how, in so doing, they can foster adaptive peacebuilding. This book is available as Open Access.

Publications

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Books & Special Issues

Book Chapters

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles