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Call for Abstracts: Special Session "Governing Systemic Risks with Morally Sensitive Resilience Strategies"; deadline 1 August, 2020

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Conference - Interconnected: Resilience Innovations for Sustainable
Development Goals

Jointly organized by the 4TU Centre for Resilience
Engineering and the Future Resilient
Systems programme of the
Singapore-ETH Centre.

As part of the online Joint International Resilience Conference, we are
hosting a

Special Session: Governing Systemic Risks with Morally Sensitive Resilience
Emerging realities, such as climate change or an increased social
connectivity, lend increased relevance to systemic risks -uncertain threats,
or threats with uncertain outcomes, affecting complex systems interconnected
at various scales. According to an influential OECD report (2003), systemic
risks pose challenges to traditional management methods, thus demanding new
approaches that combine a qualitative analysis of interdependencies,
decentralized capabilities, and greater emphasis on learning and remaining
adaptable through emergencies and recovery.
Resilience has increasingly become a dominant concept in grounding these new
strategies for systemic risk management, in domains from national security to
development. Such strategies, however, raise important risk-related moral
concerns. First, a one-sided focus on adapt-and-recovery may lead to a neglect
of other phases in the risk management cycle, and even foster greater
tolerance to harms inflicted on the most vulnerable; yet, there is little
reflection on how resilience may improve disaster prevention or vulnerability
Such justice issues are especially pressing when one considers that the urban
functions typically deemed "critical" need not be located in vulnerable areas.
Further, resilience and sustainability may involve opposing epistemological
assumptions and normative orientations, which raises questions on whether -and
how- resilience building can converge with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Session organizers:
Jose Caizares Gaztelu, Samantha Copeland, and Neelke Doorn (Delft University
of Technology)

Relevant dates:

- Deadline for abstract submission: 1 Augustus, 2020

- Decision on acceptance: Mid-September, 2020

- Deadline registration: 15 November, 2020

- Conference: 23 - 27 November, 2020

The complete call for abstracts can be found here: Neelke Doorn
TU Delft
Professor Ethics of Water Engineering
Director of Education Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

Department of Values, Technology and Innovation
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Jaffalaan 5
2628 BX Delft
P.O. Box 5015
2600 GA Delft
The Netherlands
+31 (0) 15 2788059
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