Normative Aspects of Resilience

October 12-14, 2014  | Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington | Ballston, Arlington County



This conference emphasized the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience’s commitment to understanding the ethical and normative aspects of resilience as they may be manifested in urban or regional settings. Researchers and practitioners were invited to enter into a structured dialogue regarding a variety of topics. Specifically, the ethical and normative issues confronting decision-makers engaged in investing and creating more resilient places; the ethical and normative considerations in current policies and practices that address resiliency; the appropriate theoretical or conceptual frameworks for addressing normative issues in resilience research or practice; and an exploration of the evaluative frameworks appropriate for assessing normative questions associated with policy on resilience.

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    Sunday, 12 October 2014

    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Afternoon Welcome Session

    Paul Knox - University Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow for International Advancement, GFURR, Virginia Tech

    1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Session 1 - Normative Dimension of Resilience


    Session Chair: Dr. Patrick Roberts - Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech


    Session Presenters:

    Strengthening Resilience Through Social-Ecological Justice

    Andreas Rechkemmer- Professor, American Humane Endowed Chair, Denver University

    Linking Resilience, Risk and Sustainable Development: an Inherently Normative Endeavor

    Per Becker - Director, Centre for Socieal Resilience, Lund University

    Cultural Values and Resilience: Embedded Barriers to Building Resilience in the U.S.

    James Bohland - Co-director, GFURR, Virginia Tech

    The Building Blocks of Resilience: Regional Implementation in the SF Bay Area

    Arrietta Chakos - Policy Advisor, Association of Bay Area Governments Resilience Initiative

    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Session 2 - New Perspectives on Resilience - Paper Presentations & Discussion


    Session Chair: Dr. Susan Sterett - Director, Metropolitan Institute, Virginia Tech


    Session Presenters:

    Eco-Resistance as Eco-Resilience

    Jennifer Lawrence - Doctoral Candidate - Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT), Virginia Tech

    Methods to Integrate Considerations on Culture, Ethical Aspects and Citizen Acceptance into Resilience-enhancing Urban Infrastructure Planning and Increased Societal Security

    Alexander Siedschlag - Penn State University

    Ten Strategies to Systematically Exploit All Options to Cope with Anthropogenic Climate Change

    Kelly Klima, Frauke Hoss, Paul Fischbeck - Carnegie Mellon University

    Perspectives on Improving Regional Resilience for Critical Infrastructures

    Ben Thomas, Steve Fernandez, Tom Wilbanks - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Monday, 13 October 2014

    9:00 am - 11:30am

    Session 3 - Urban Resilience: Normative Frames and Narratives


    Session Chair: Dr. Samarth Swarup - Research Faculty, VBI


    Session Presenters:

    Resilient Cities as a Complex Problem: Change (Dis)order and Disaster

    Peter Rogers - Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia

    Resilience: Bouncing Back or Breaking Away?

    Simin Davoudi - Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning Newcastle University

    Building Resilient Cities: Harnessing the Power of Urban Analytics

    Sallie Keller - Social and Decision Analytics Lab, Virginia Tech

    Resilience and Social Justice: Learning from Post-Katrina New Orleans

    Dr. Barbara Allen - Prof. Science & Technology in Society, VT


    1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Session 4 - Regional Resilience: Normative Frames and Narratives

    Session Chair: Dr. Yang Zhang - Assist. Prof, Urban Affairs & Planning, Virginia Tech


    Session Presenters:

    A Social-Ecological approach for Building Resilience in Metropolitan Landscapes

    Stephan Barthel -Theme Leader, Urban Social-Ecological Systems, Stockholm Resilience Centre

    Resilience: A crisis of leadership among local elected leaders.

    Linda Langston - President, National Association of Counties, Member of NAS Disaster Roundtable


    Case Studies of Resilience Based Recovery Local Efforts in Tohoku

    Mika Shimizu - Kyoto University, Japan

    Cascading events and consequences: why we need a normative framework for ecological resilience

    Deborah Brosnan, -Dept. of Biology, Virginia Tech

    4:00pm - 4:30 pm

    Conference Summary & Wrap-Up Session

    Dr. Jim Bohland - Co-director, GFURR, Virginia Tech

    Tuesday, 14 October 2014

    9:00 am - 12 pm

    Morning Workshops on Resilience Research



    Workshop Session 1

    >A Scholar-Practitioner View of Resilience

    Claudine Schweber - Univ. of Maryland, University College and Joanne Tristch- Mary Baldwin College

    West Falls Church Room

    Workshop Session 2

    > Ecosystems or the Built Environment for Resilience: How do we decide and what matters?

    Deborah Brosnan - Department of Biology, Virginia Tech

    East Falls Church Room

    Session Presenters:


    Anamaria Bukvic


    Dale Morris


    Kelly Burks-Copes


    Kristen Ludwig

    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Afternoon Workshops on Resilience Research

    Workshop Session 3

    > The Living-Lab as a Model of Translation of Resilience Technology and Policy

    Nick Stone and Anne Khadamian - National Capital Region - Virginia Tech

    West Falls Church Room

    Session Presenters:


    Aaron D. Schroeder


    Adam Eckerd and Lauren Bulka


    Anne Khademian and Sanjay Raman


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