Setha Low


I understand resilient communities as those that are flourishing, connected, and based on a human ecological network that is adaptable, flexible and responsive. This conceptualization draws upon theories of positive psychology, contact theory and human ecology.  
Positive psychology is a school of applied psychology that studies the strengths and attributes that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The best known proponent of this theory of well-being, Martin Seligman (2011), suggests that psychologists need to identify what allows people to flourish rather than to focus solely on measures of poor mental health.


How to Cite
Low, S. (2021) “Resilient Communities are Flourishing Communities based on Public Space”, The Journal of Public Space, 6(2). doi: 10.32891/jps.v6i2.1625.
Author Biography

Setha Low, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Setha Low is Professor of Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography), Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA. She is former President of the American Anthropological Association and served as Deputy Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.