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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

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IHRR Seminar: Resilience and Governmentality of Unknowns

22nd January 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, W309, Geography, Simin Davoudi, Professor of Environmental Policy & Planning, Director of GURU

Resilience - a concept rooted in complex systems theory- is becoming an alternative rationality for governing complexity and uncertainty. However, it is a specific interpretation of resilience that is co-opted into and reinforced by policy discourses; one which is in tune with the liberal framing of freedom and responsibility and the conservative value of maintaining the status quo. The former is reflected in the promotion of self-reliance as a key measure of resilient self, and the latter is manifested in the over-emphasis on bouncing back to ‘normal’ order and negating the transformative opportunities that may emerge from complexity, uncertainty and contingency.

This seminar is free to attend and open to all with no need to register to attend.

Contact ihrr.admin@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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