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DSSP: Resilient Design and the search for combinational expertise

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Location: PS1.28

'Resilient Design and the search for combinational expertise'

Professor Jon Coaffee, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

In recent years, resilience ideas have extended the performance of risk management and sought to advance ways of coping and thriving in an uncertain and volatile future premised upon advancing an all-encompassing, integrated approach to engage with future uncertainty. Significantly implicated in this endeavour has been cities as a result of the frequency and severity of recent crises that have channelled attention to vulnerable physical assets. Drawing on then results from a number of interdisciplinary and inter-professional EU-wide and RCUK projects focused on operationalising resilience in cities, this talk will map a transition from protection to resilience in how a range of built environment professionals have sought to deal with complex risk and the tensions elicited in the paradigm shift/transition from risk management towards resilience. Also highlighted are the implications for organisational governance in seeking holistic and integrated ways of assessing risk across multiple systems, networks and scales and how social and physical scientists need to integrate their expertise.
Professor Jon Coaffee, holds a Chair in Urban Geography in PAIS and an Exchange Professorship at New York University. He currently Directs the University’s Urban Science work through the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cites, runs the Resilient Cites lab and co-leads the Global Research Priority on Sustainable Cites (with Ian Guymer Engineering). He has held a large sequence of EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC and STFC and EU research grants focused upon how ideas and principles of resilience can be embedded within the built environment and the practices of those responsible for urban development. This work has focused especially upon national security threats, climate change and critical infrsture protection. This work has been co-produced with a range of governmental and professional stakeholders.

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