Dr. Jennifer L. Lawrence | Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Thematic Area: Socio-Political Dimensions of Resilience

Contact: jennlaw@vt.edu | www.jenniferleighlawrence.com | vt.academia.edu/JLawrence


Dr. Jennifer L. Lawrence is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience where she works to advance an understanding of extraction as a logic of governance. Exploring the apparatus of extractive governance, her scholarship demonstrates the spatio-temporal tensions between chronic and acute socio-environmental disasters and the role that visibility and representation play in our understanding of environmental degradation. Dr. Lawrence also works collaboratively on a range of projects that that progress a Critical Theory of resilience including investigations into narratives, practices, and processes of accumulation by dispossession. Her scholarship is conducted from a problem-centered, theory driven methodology and highlights the intersection of economic systems, resource extraction, and socio-environmental (in)justice. Governing Nature, Sustaining Degradation is Jennifer's current manuscript project in which she (re)conceptualizes environmental disaster to account for self-legitimating cycles of disaster production and response that are explained through the lens of environmentality. Related projects address issues of transparency and intellectual property rights associated with toxic chemicals and inquires into the relationship between the states, corporations, and security. Jennifer is also faculty in Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability where she teaches case-based courses on environmental ethics, sustainability, and transboundary resource management.

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