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The Art of Resilience Project

The "Art of Resilience”,  is a joint project with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (CICC), University of Montreal and the Global Risk Governance, Programme, University of Cape Town. Dr. Nick Simpson is a postdoctoral fellow working on the project.

The aim of the project is to understand how security professionals are responding to disruptive and unanticipated events. A key lens for this analysis is exploring how such professionals use the concept of resilience to understand and act across unfamiliar domains which are currently poorly secured - namely the ‘new worlds’ of the Anthropocene and cyberspace.

The Anthropocene presents unsecured environmental exposures which present new harmscapes, such as climate variability or water scarcity, which conventional approaches are ill-equipped to deal with. Likewise, the advent of ransomware attacks and data breaches present entirely new challenges to securing against such online harms within a ‘world’ which is generally poorly understood, governed or secured.

Through a documentary analysis and interviews with professionals who responded to major crises, the use and framing of resilience by a range of actors will be examined across multiple cases within Anthropocene and cyber domains. Comparative analysis hopes to contribute to enriching the many theoretical and normative perspectives on the subject.

Publications:

Simpson, N.P.,  Shearing, C. & Dupont, B. 2019. When Anthropocene shocks contest conventional mentalities: a case study from Cape Town, Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1609402

Mutongwizo, T.,  Holley, C.,  Ransley, J.,  Shearing, C., Simpson, N.P.  and Philip Stenning, in press, 2019. Resilience policing: An emerging response to shifting harm landscapes, Policing

Simpson, N.P. 2018. Accommodating landscape-scale shocks: Lessons on transition from Cape Town and Puerto Rico, Geoforum, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.12.005

The project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for a period of 4 years from 2018 - 2022.