GFURR Seminar Series

Spring 2017



Each semester The Global Forum hosts scholars who are working on a wide array of issues that are related to the overarching theme of resilience. Past seminars have touched on a variety of projects including: economic resilience, disaster response, coastal development, pipeline siting, and transportation systems, among other issues. The seminars bring together faculty, students, and affiliated scholars and are intended to initiate a conversation amongst the academic communities at Virginia Tech and beyond who are working on various facets of resilience.

  • Valuing Resilience Policy from a Value Perspective: Research Agenda for Resilience |

    February 15, 2017

    Dr. Jim Bohland, Professor Emeritus at School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech; Principal Research Associate – Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience

    February 15, 2017 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm


    Resilience has become a popular concept in both academic and policy worlds. Unfortunately, the concept suffers from a “fuzziness” that makes it opaque as a policy construct. As one author has noted, “resilience is an empty vessel filled by the values of whomever is using it.” The seminar will present a framework for understanding what values are advocated within resilience policies. The framework integrates advocacy coalition and cultural cognition theory as a means of understanding how values shape resilience policies and rulemaking.

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  • Using Experimental Animal Models to Study Stress Coping and Resilience | January 26, 2017

    Sarah Clinton, Associate Professor at School of Neuroscience, Virginia Tech

    January 26, 2017 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm


    Dr. Clinton joined the faculty of Virginia Tech’s new School of Neuroscience in June 2016. Her research is broadly interested in the neurobiology of stress and stress-related disorders like depression and anxiety. She uses rodent models to study how

    genetic and environmental factors influence brain function, how individuals cope with stress, and why certain individuals may be more susceptible to stress-related disorders than others.

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