Research Theme: Cities, Communities and Contested Urbanism
Supervisors: Dr Phil Boland (email@example.com) and Dr. Stephen McKay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In an era of neoliberalism and rapacious economic turbulence there is significant theoretical and policy emphasis on building resilient economies (Coaffee and Clarke, 2015; Christopherson et al., 2010; Hudson, 2010; Pike et al., 2010; Shaw and Maythorne, 2012; Simmie and Martin, 2010; Martin, and Sunley, 2015). However, in comparison the literature on planning and resilience is in its embryonic stages (Davoudi et al., 2012; Fainstein, 2015; Mahmood, 2015; Raco and Street, 2012). It is true that resilience is an ‘extraordinarily popular’ yet ‘contested’, ‘fuzzy’, ‘ambiguous’ buzzword (Fainstein, 2015; Mehmood, 2015; Pizzo, 2015; Shaw and Maythorne, 2012). In addition, it is regarded as a ‘promising’ yet ‘problematic’ concept for city planning (Pizzo, 2015; Vale, 2014). This project focuses on excavating, analysing and problematising the role of resilience in planning theory and practice in an era of neoliberalism. Specifically, the investigation would seek to develop a normative model to enable the planning system to respond to the negative impacts of social and economic turbulence. The project will be focused on a set of key case studies from the UK and Ireland, and is framed by important research questions:
- How is resilience understood and operationalised by professional planners?
- What are the key drivers of resilience planning?
- What is the relationship between neoliberalism, planning and resilience?
- What lessons can be learned from different cities in their approaches to resilience planning?