Scholarly networks on resilience, vulnerability and adaptation within the human dimensions of global environmental change

Marcus Janssen, Michael Schoon, Weimao Ke, Katy Börner

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This paper presents the results of a bibliometric analysis of the knowledge domains resilience, vulnerability and adaptation within the research activities on human dimensions of global environmental change. We analyzed how 2286 publications between 1967 and 2005 are related in terms of co-authorship relations, and citation relations. The number of publications in the three knowledge domains increased rapidly between 1995 and 2005. However, the resilience knowledge domain is only weakly connected with the other two domains in terms of co-authorships and citations. The resilience knowledge domain has a background in ecology and mathematics with a focus on theoretical models, while the vulnerability and adaptation knowledge domains have a background in geography and natural hazards research with a focus on case studies and climate change research. There is an increasing number of cross citations and papers classified in multiple knowledge domains. This seems to indicate an increasing integration of the different knowledge domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-252
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006



  • Adaptation
  • Citations
  • Co-authorship networks
  • Knowledge domains
  • Publications
  • Resilience
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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