In the last decade, resilience has become a leading paradigm for thinking about risks and safety threats, ranging from climate change and natural hazards to threats related to economic crises, migration, and globalization. Resilience roughly refers to the capacity of a system to respond to and recover from threats and it is often thought to contribute to a better – that is, a safer and more just – society.
However, this claim is not uncontroversial. Some also argue that the resilience paradigm primarily benefits the people who are already quite well-off at the expense of disadvantaged groups.
The focus in the ICT and Resilience at a Workshop organised by Delft University of Technology (NL) on the 1st of June in Delft, was on the relation between resilience, technology, and social justice. By bringing together different disciplines, we hope to shed light on the question how resilient infrastructures can contribute to social justice.
Prof. Tina Comes from University of Agder (Norway), a partner and a community research leader in Comrades project, took part at this workshop and read a presentation on “How can ICT and information systems contribute to resilience?”.
“Communities have been described to be at the heart of the preparedness for and the response to disasters. The increasing connectedness has made communities more vulnerable for their dependence on a complex network of critical infrastructures” - thinks prof. Comes. “At the same time, this very connectedness has the potential to enable communities to self-organise, engage, and connect with other communities to improve their resilience.”
More on how ICT can contribute to resilience you can find in a research article “Designing for networked community resilience” by prof. T. Comes to be downloaded here.