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Whither Resilience?

Pushpa invited to speak at Chennai conference

Whither Resilience?

Dr Pushpa Arabindoo was invited to deliver a keynote address at the Urban Waters ARCUS Workshop, held from 15-18 February 2017 at Anna University, Chennai.

Organised by the Université Francois Rabelais de Tours, the Arcus programme of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to establish innovative academic partnerships between French regions and other countries, in this case the regional state of Tamil Nadu in India.

The Urban Waters programme has been ongoing since 2014 and this was the final workshop to present the results of the research collaboration with the School of Architecture and Planning as well as Centre for Water Resources, Anna University, Chennai.

An alumnus of the undergraduate architecture programme, Pushpa was invited to present her research on hydro-politics in Chennai. Her address, entitled ‘Chennai post-2015 floods: Whither resilience?’ drew on her recent paper on the anatomy of Chennai’s 2015 floods. It developed further her concerns about how resilience discourse is superficially invoked, and emphasised the need to differentiate between city and citizen resilience.

For Pushpa’s paper, Unprecedented natures? An anatomy of the Chennai floods, see:


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