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Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson is a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. She is an economic geographer (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley) whose research focuses on economic policy and economic development. Her recent work in the field of economic development has focused on location trends and agglomeration economies in US manufacturing and media industries, and on the role of universities and colleges in revitalizing regional economies. She has also conducted international research in economic development policy (in Israel, Mexico, China, and Jordan and particularly, in Western Europe). She is currently a consultant to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) project on higher education and regional economic development. In 2010 and 2011 she received grants from the Park Foundation and the Heinz Endowments to study the effects of natural gas development for local and regional economies.

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Learning and Anticipation as Key Processes in Adaptation: Community Responses to US Shale Gas Development

The most compelling definitions of regional resilience are drawn from ecological principles. According to Ray Hudson, for example, resilience is defined by three characteristics: 1) shelter from processes that undermine capacity to adapt and respond in ways that maintain system integrity 2) ability to weather uncertain adverse events while maintaining systems functioning; and 3) the power of those at potential risk to influence the direction of adaptation. These characteristics capture very important dimensions of resilience but, because of their basis in natural systems, they neglect the distinctively human capability to anticipate risk through learning and to respond proactively through collective institutions. This paper addresses resilience from the perspective of risk anticipation, learning and collective action, suggesting that these distinctively human abilities constitute a critical fourth dimension of a capacity for regional resilience. The paper draws on evidence from a study of local government and citizen response in anticipation of the development of high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the Marcellus shale natural gas “play” in the US.


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