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Featuring representatives from leading Australian NGOs and cutting edge researchers, this panel will focus of the concept of â€˜resilience’ and discuss its meaning across various domains.
Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research presents ‘Rethinking Resilience: Policy and Practice in the Context of Global Development’, a panel discussion featuring: Dr Anne Brown (University of Queensland), Damian Grenfell (RMIT), and representatives from leading Australian NGOs.
Convened by Associate Professor Robbie Guevara (RMIT).
Abstract: Over the last decade the concept of ‘resilience’ has gained much traction in social policy, debates and practice, including in the domains of development as well as conflict, security and peace studies. In these contexts, ‘resilience’ raises issues forâ€‹ â€‹research and practice that attendâ€‹sâ€‹ to what may be classified as ‘fragile’ communities, with risks being constituted at either the micro or macro level, depending on the scenario at hand. In the face of human and natural disasters, resilience then has been promoted as a way to not only buttress against the worst effects of crises, but also to evaluate the extent to which communities can re-gather themselves in the aftermath of a destructive event. To a significant extent the traction that resilience now has can be attributed to the pervasive sense that risks are both multiplying and deepening—perhaps most clearly manifest with regards to climate change and epidemics—and with an added complexity which sees development, security, humanitarian and environmental organisations being continually brought into closer cooperation with one another. The panel will explore differing political contexts in which resilience is operationalized, asking how, for instance, it can be deployed usefully in development practice. In particular, the panel will investigate whether different approaches to resilience contain both a normative and operational capacity to not only protect different communities from immediate crises and disaster, but also the potential to positively reconfigure relations over the longer-term between communities and broader global connections.
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