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From Ecology to Inertia? The practice, performance and polysemy of 'resilience'

Professor Pete Fussey, University of Essex
Date: 24 June 2014
Time: 1pm -2.30pm

Abstract

With long histories of use within psychology and the biosciences concepts of ‘resilience’ are far from new. However, recent years have seen a proliferation of resilience discourses alongside their institution within a range of policy environments. Drawing on empirical data and engaging with rapidly emerging critical scholarship on the issue, this paper examines the spread and evolution of resilience policy and practice over recent years. In doing so, the paper questions the suitability of profligate applications of the concept and identifies how, despite appearances, resilience practices are often woven with very specific and established themes. These in turn may be considered to reproduce a range of existing path dependencies, practices and outcomes which ultimately threaten to subvert the original transformative goals of ‘resilience’.

About the speaker

Professor Fussey is professor of sociology at the University of Essex. He is a criminologist specialising in a number of areas including terrorism and counter-terrorism, critical studies of resilience, major-event security, surveillance and society, organized crime and urban sociology. Professor Fussey has published extensively in these areas and is currently working on two large-scale ESRC and EPSRC funded research projects looking at counter-terrorism in the UK’s crowded spaces and at the future urban resilience until 2050. His other work focuses on organised crime in the EU with particular reference to human trafficking for criminal exploitation (monograph due to be published by Routledge in 2014). Recent books include Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City (Ashgate) and Terrorism and the Olympics (Routledge).

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