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Seminar – Resourcing Resilience: Nurturing Infrastructures of Care in an Age of Interlocking Crises

1 June 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Interest in resilience and vulnerability has grown remarkably over the last decade, yet discussions about the two continue to be fragmented and increasingly ill-equipped to respond to the complex intersectional and intergenerational demands that systemic crises such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic place on people, places, and the planet.

In this seminar, Research Fellow Chiara Camponeschi will introduce the "integrative resilience" model and place it in the context of current debates about urban resilience and post-pandemic recovery. She will make a case for incorporating an expansive view of resilience and vulnerability in formal intervention plans, particularly with a focus on mental health, healing justice, and community empowerment. To do so, she will draw from preliminary work investigating how a "resourcing" approach to resilience might contribute to the strengthening of "infrastructures of care" that are rooted in, and informed by, the lived experience of frontline and other vulnerable communities.

Preliminary questions include:

  • From a truly expansive and transformative lens, what could resilience and recovery look like?
  • How could institutions and communities co-create healthy adaptation models that are equitable, inclusive, and relevant to local needs?
  • What resources––material and relational––are required to support the successful implementation of integrative responses?

This exploration will be complemented by a look at integrative resilience "in action," with a look at a handful of emerging initiatives that ensure that as a society we are not merely surviving a crisis, but are committing to interventions that place equity, solidarity, and care at the centre of healthy adaptation and wellbeing.

Chiara Camponeschi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University, where she works with Dr. James Orbinski and Prof. Roger Keil, among others, on a transformative approach to disaster risk governance. Her research investigates urban resilience to climate change from an integrative lens. In particular, her work explores how the principles of wellbeing, solidarity, and structural care can provide a blueprint for building resilience (in cities and other systems) in ways that are more equitable, inclusive, and just. Chiara is also the founder and director of Enabling City, an international action-research organization working at the intersection of social innovation, participatory governance, and urban sustainability. She has spoken at events such as the White House GreenGov Symposium and the inaugural South by Southwest Eco conference and is the author of two popular publications–– Enabling City Volumes 1 & 2––which have been translated into five languages. Chiara holds a PhD in geography from the University of Guelph, where she was a 2013 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar.