Resilience is not Enough: Toward a Politics of Resourcefulness for Environmental Justice

Event Type: 
Guest Lecture
Dr. Kate Derickson
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
1046 Dana Building
Event Sponsor: 
Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Urban Sustainability and Resilience
Center for Sustainable Systems

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Environment, and Society
University of Minnesota

In this talk Dr. Derickson will argue that the concept of resilience is inadequate for promoting social justice in and for historically marginalized communities and proposes the concept of “resourcefulness” as an alternative frame. Resourcefulness, as she uses it, serves as both a normative ideal and an ethical practice of scholarly research. Based on collaborative work with communities in Glasgow, Scotland and Atlanta, Georgia, she illustrates the ways in which such communities are meaningfully disadvantaged in terms of shaping urban and environmental futures, and argue that knowledge production practices should be explicitly aimed at remediating those disadvantages.