Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning: Peer-Reviewed Papers

We seek to advance the innovative development, and widespread use, of robust RMEL methods and tools, and to share credible evidence and knowledge about what works for enhancing resilience over time.

Researchers and evaluators are making important advances, and a selection of peer-reviewed papers is profiled below. These, and other papers, will be included in a developing RMEL bibliography.

If you would like to share a peer-reviewed RMEL publication, please send the link.


Psychosocial factors or dimensions of resilience is a catch-all term, which people who are not psychologists use to capture everything, from identity, to risk perception, to motivation, to aspirations. We really have to pull that apart and figure out how that intersects with more common econometric ways of doing business.”
Tiffany Griffin, USAID

‘Perception matters’: New insights into the subjective dimension of resilience in the context of humanitarian and food security crises (2019)

This recent paper advances the discussion of subjective resilience - understood as ‘the perceptions that individuals, households or communities have about their own capacities and capabilities to handle current or future shocks or stressors’. The authors integrate subjective resilience into a conceptual framework for resilience, along with the now better understood ‘resilience capacities’. They demonstrate empirically the effects of subjective dimensions, such as aspirations, on people’s resilience in the context of food insecurity.