Public Lecture by Dr. Kate Derickson on resilience and environmental justice

The Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Urban Sustainability and Resilience presents a special lecture by Kate Derickson, Assistant Professor of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota.

“Resilience is not enough: toward a politics of resourcefulness for environmental justice”
March 19th, 2:30-4:00pm
Dana 1046
Abstract: 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 propose 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.