Futureproof

How to Build Resilience in an Uncertain World

Jon Coaffee

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October 14, 2019
288 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300228670
Hardcover

A compelling and definitive account of why we need to radically rethink our approach to dealing with catastrophic events

Catastrophic events such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Tohoku "Triple Disaster" of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that hit the eastern seaboard of Japan in 2012 are seen as surprises that have a low probability of occurring but have a debilitating impact when they do.

In this eye-opening journey through modern and ancient risk management practices, Jon Coaffee explains why we need to find a new way to navigate the deeply uncertain world that we live in. Examining how governments have responded to terrorist threats, climate change, and natural hazards, Coaffee shows how and why these measures have proven inadequate and what should be done to make us more resilient. While conventional approaches have focused on planning and preparing for disruptions and enhanced our ability to "bounce back," our focus should be on anticipating future challenges and enhancing our capacity to adapt to new threats.

Jon Coaffee is professor in urban geography and director of the Resilient Cities Laboratory at the University of Warwick, and an exchange professor at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).

“In this excellent addition to the field, Jon Coaffee brings together over two decades of his work on risk, resilience and security to explore how progressive resilience thinking can provide ‘futureproofing’.  His emphasis on implementation offers a useful alternative to the growing scholarships that call for a radical critique of the neoliberal appropriations of resilience.”—Professor Simin Davoudi, Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), Newcastle University