Provost's Welcome

Tufts University continues to provide a fertile ground for the germination, development and growth of innovation in teaching and mentorship of young scholars whose ideas do not fit in traditional departmental structures. Resilience offers a new space for interdisciplinary learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Student and faculty authors with original contributions to make to the academic and policy discourse on how to promote, build, and maintain resilience will find a receptive, supportive and inclusive home in this journal. I welcome the appearance of Resilience as an opportunity to extend the intellectual and practical interests our students and faculty share in exploring ways to make our fragile world better prepared and able to withstand turbulence and continue to sustain lives and livelihoods.

Resilience has announced its dedication to a multi-dimensional and multi-faceted area of scholarship where science and humanitarianism intersect. This commitment resonates with the university’s strengths in the life sciences, internationalism, and active citizenship. It is my hope and expectation that Resilience will help stimulate open and rigorous discussion and debate creatively within and beyond the Tufts community.

I am grateful to the Fletcher School and the Institute for Global Leadership for encouraging and supporting this publication. Most importantly, I commend Astier Almedom and her editorial team. It takes deep commitment to academic and applied research and scholarship, but above all generous collegiality to initiate and produce such a journal. I wish you, the reader, a rewarding time reading and responding to this inaugural volume.


Jamshed Bharucha 
Provost and Senior Vice President 
Tufts University