Increasing social inequality, tensions between ethnic and religious communities, polarization, radicalization, new forms of crime and cybercrime, health care reforms and the refugee crises: these are some of the many challenges we as a society and as individuals are facing today. However, these challenges are so complex, that it is necessary to bring together different perspectives, knowledge and insights from daily practice as well as different academic disciplines.
The Institute for Societal Resilience (ISR) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is the answer to this need. The ISR was established in 2015 as a faculty-wide research institute for the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS). Within the ISR, independent researchers do work across the disciplinary boundaries of the five departments of the FSS, in order to contribute to issues that fall under the header of 'resilience'.