Resilient systems have common characteristics, including interconnectivity, redundancy and intense communications between system elements. These are also characteristics of healthy community, food and water systems. These global challenges are also very local: Arkansas communities are facing aging infrastructure and populations; childhood hunger and obesity; workforce preparation for automated technologies; and water resource management with increased demand and diminishing supplies.
The goal of the U of A Resiliency Center’s research is to expand our knowledge and understanding of food, water and community systems. These interconnected components are critical for designing a more prosperous and resilient future. The center’s research activities are supported by more than $2.5 million in committed funds from extramural grants and contracts.