School of Architecture

  • RESILIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTS OF RAPID CHANGE AND SCARCE RESOURCES

    This research project considers the relation between individual and community perceptions of rapid change and scarce resources and the political dimensions that shape such contexts. Ethnographic in approach, it explores the factors that affect household resilience to urban water scarcity in an informal settlement in Lima, Peru. The project makes contributions to the literatures on resilience, (water) scarcity, volatility and rapid urbanisation. Methodologically, it examines the potential of incorporating ethnographic approaches in resilience studies.

    For further details please contact Dr Julia Wedel at j.wedel@brookes.ac.uk.


    Outcomes 

    • Wedel, J. (under review) ‘The authoritative local voice beyond its context: For ethnography in resilience studies’, Special Issue on Novel Methods in the Social Sciences, Society and Natural Resources, Taylor&Francis
    • Wedel, J. (in preparation) ‘‘Lives Suspended in Environments of Rapid Change: Perceptions of volatility and Livelihood Construction in rapidly urbanising informal settlements’
    • Wedel, J. (in preparation) ‘Resilience as indicator, not ultimate aim’ Wedel, J. (in preparation) ‘Water for Human Wellbeing: Revisiting the “Basic Needs” Concept'
    • Wedel, J. (in preparation) ‘Interactions of Scarcity: The special role of water among other “scarcities” '