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Socio-Ecological Resilience and the Role of the Public

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Thursday, 15 March 2018, 5:30

Thursday, March 15, 2018. 5:30PM. Socio-Ecological Resilience and the Role of the Public. Adam Parris, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay; Denise Thompson, John Jay College; Michael Menser, Brooklyn College. Sponsored by Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay and New York Sea Grant. More information email morphospace(at)

In this panel session, we shall discuss different dimensions of socio-ecological resilience and briefly cover how they play out in different sectors (coastal resilience, disaster preparation, energy) and in different locales (Caribbean, NYC).

We then pose the questions: how can science be used to address not just “socio-ecological resilience” but real human needs and aspirations?  How can existing institutions be modified, interconnected and empowered to do this?

The Mayor’s One NYC document is inspiring as a blueprint but what kind of institutional changes could/should be made to effectively utilize the science and engage (and empower!) the public?  And more contentiously: which publics?  Relatedly, what is the role of CUNY in this institutional mix?  We shall discuss a proposal circulated among community-based organizations and the NYC Council.

Location  Room 4201 at the Graduate Center, CUNY (365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016)