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Practical Information

To share some of the diversity of Cape Town, Pathways to Resilience IV will be taking place at two very different and distinct venues. For day one and two the conference will be held at Century City Conference Centre (Venue A) and for day three the conference will be held at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Old Mutual Conference & Exhibition Centre) (Venue B).

Please note that attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation between the two conference sites. If required, attendees will be offered assistance arranging transportation by taxi between the conference hotels and the venue, but are responsible for covering the cost themselves. We estimate the cost per taxi to be approximately R264.5 (CAD $22.70), based on, which may be shared by as many as 4 people in each vehicle. Travel time is estimated to be around 30 minutes.

Venue A: Century City Conference Centre

Century City Conference Centre is located in Western Cape Town, South Africa, and sits on the banks of eight kilometers of beautiful waterways and scenic canals. It is a privately managed and secure property that combines residential, commercial, and leisure components. Within walking distance of the Conference Centre are many shops and hotels (Century City Hotel, StayEasy, Crystal Towers, and a variety of others). Century City is also home to the Canal Walk, the 3rd largest shopping center in Africa, which sells handmade products and local food. Century City is less than a 40-minute drive from many attractions such as Robben Island, Table Mountain, and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Venue B).

Address: Kinetic Way, Century City, Cape Town, 7446

More information can be found on their website.

Venue B: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Old Mutual Conference & Exhibition Centre)


More information can be found on their website.

The Old Mutual Conference and Exhibition Centre is located in the middle of the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. They are known as the most beautiful gardens in Africa and one of the greatest botanical gardens of the world. The cost to enter the botanical gardens is included in your conference fees. The gardens are also home to many shops that are managed by independent tenants and sell locally made and ecofriendly gifts. Located 30 minutes away from Venue A (Century City), the botanical gardens is located on the slopes of Table Mountain and only a 40-minute drive away from Boulders Beach, home to the majestic African Penguin.

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Please note that attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation between the two conference sites.


Pathways to Resilience III will explore the theme "Beyond Nature vs. Nurture" by considering the many ways we think about resilience around the world and across disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and contribute to discussions regarding a diverse range of perspectives, methodologies, tools, and strategies used by various sectors to better understand resilience and improve research, practice, and policy making accordingly. To help participants navigate the various topics to be explored during our event, we have divided the conference into the six streams described below. Please select the stream that best represents your presentation, paper, or poster.


This stream invites participants to explore a spectrum of modern approaches, methodologies and tools to investigate resilience. The stream involves both quantitative and qualitative research, with an emphasis on mixed methods designs that favour understanding resilience as a culturally and contextually embedded construct. Papers and panels in this stream should highlight the health-enhancing capacities of vulnerable individuals, who against all odds, manage to thrive in unhealthy environments.

Mental Health Interventions

Presentations in this theme will look at treating those who have experienced issues in mental health. The stream will explore a strengths-based model of intervention that draws on the potential capacity of people’s social ecologies (e.g. friends, cousins, parents, teachers, community and cultural mentors, government service providers, NGOs, etc.) as sources of resilience in contexts of significant adversity.

Community Interventions

Similar to the above stream, papers and panels will build on best practice knowledge from both clinical work and studies to understand a "community" as a setting for intervention. Various approaches will be examined including strategies focused on our education system, social networks and public policy. The stream will highlight how individuals and families with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available.

Policing & Corrections

Presentations in this stream will emphasize innovative methods of policing and corrections that support individuals in challenging contexts. The stream will highlight new, innovative models that are currently being employed, while identifying the attributes that were modified from previous structures.


Practitioners and policy-makers who address specific issues are often not the same as those who generate research. This stream concentrates on the importance of developing social policies that are child and youth friendly. Beyond summarizing the benefits of advocacy initiatives, the stream will dissect government systems, identifying areas of improvement that will help shape resilience.

Knowledge Mobilization

This stream will address how knowledge mobilization works to strengthen the connection between evidence and practice. Presentations will explain how the two-way process activates existing knowledge and co-creates new knowledge, fostering change along the way. While this seems to be a simple goal, knowledge mobilization is a complex and often time consuming process. Simply put, this stream will demonstrate how to do knowledge mobilization to get the right information in the right format at the right time to the right people, to influence decision-making.

Aims & Visions

Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is Director of the Resilience Research Centre. Linda Theron, Ph.D., is an extraordinary professor in Optentia Research Focus Area. Together, they will be presenting Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives of Individual and Community Resilience.

We aspire to energize minds, infuse wisdom and inspire change.

The aim of the Pathways IV conference is to provide an update on resilience theory, measurement and application. The conference will focus on why and how individuals, families, and communities adjust well to challenging life events, structural adversity, and natural disasters; how best to research processes of positive adaptation; and how resilience knowledge can be used to support wellbeing under stress. The conference will provide opportunities for academics, practitioners, service providers, students and policy makers to discuss, debate, and interrogate hegemonic knowledge; and to promote new insights, develop skills, and build networks.

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