THE RESILIENCE MACHINE
Inquiring into coalitions of local, national and international finance, real estate, and construction interests that seek to encourage and secure investment in critical infrastructure and urban (re)development projects that engage in tactical politics around associated land-use regulation, housing and environmental policy, and decision-making is at the core of the research agenda on the resilience machine. Because such coalitions involve a broad spectrum of actors and institutions, all embedded in time- and place-specific social relations, understanding the connections between them is a complex and compelling area of research. There are two main ways that the relations among actors and institutions need to be understood in terms of their linkages: (1) within a specific local socio-political ecology and economic structure, and (2) within the broader context of economic, social, and cultural change – and in particular the cultural (re)construction of the meanings of things. The first area links to the research direction on political economy and financial resilience and the second area links directly to the research on socio-political dimensions of resilience. These sets of relations represent ‘systems of provision’ in the production, mediation, and consumption of resilient cities and regions.
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(1) Paul Knox, ‘Urban Design in a Neoliberal Era’. In Tigran Haas and Hans Westlund (Eds), “In The Post-Urban World”. Emergent Transformations of Cities and Regions in the Innovative Global Economy, Routledge, forthcoming 2017. Other authors include Edward Glaeser, Richard Florida, Michael Batty, Richard Sennett, Peter Nijkamp and Neil Brenner.
(2) “The Resilience Machine” (edited book project: Jennifer Lawrence, Jim Bohland, Simin Davoudi, Paul Knox)
(3) “Bouncing Back to Poverty: Capitalist Enclosure in a Time of Crisis” (doctoral dissertation: Vera Smirnova)
(4) “Metroburbia: The Anatomy of Greater London” (book: Paul Knox)