University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Sciences (LU SZF) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project "Kapuscinski Development Lectures", on November 10, 2017 at the Faculty of Social Sciences hosted the guest lecture by Professor David Chandler of the University of Westminster on "Resilience in the Anthropocene: Governing through Mapping, Sensing and Hacking." It should be noted that this is the fourth lecture “Kapuscinski Development Lectures” within the framework of the project, which is organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia.
Speeches were delivered by the Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia, Andris Kužnieks, and UNDP spokesman Mehmet Erdogan, while the followed discussion by D. Chandler was led by Associate Professor Tom Rostok.
Professor David Chandler's speech was mainly dedicated to understanding the concept of "resilience" or resilience in a globalized world, within the concept of governance. Today, a gradual transition from hierarchical governance to decentralized network management is happening with a greater emphasis on the ability of society to overcome various types of difficulties and challenges, which therefore requires a new understanding of global governance. During the lecture Chandler noted that it is necessary to look at the difficulties facing societies today as an opportunity to transform society and its management. During the lecture it was concluded that the concept of resilience is particularly relevant not only in developing countries, but also in countries such as Latvia that have survived a severe economic crisis and have been able to recover from it successfully.
David Chandler is one of the world's leading scientists in international theories and management. Currently, Chandler is a professor at the Department of International Relations and Policy at the University of Westminster, where he also performs scientific work. Professor Chandler is an author and editor of more than twenty books. Several books by D. Chandler devoted to analyzing various issues, including resilience, have been published in recent years: "Ontopolitics in the Anthropocene: An Introduction to Mapping, Sensing and Hacking (Routledge, to be published in 2018)"; "Peacebuilding: The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1997-2017" (Palgrave, 2016); "The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptation and Vulnerability" (with Julian Reid) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); "Resilience: The Governance of Complexity" (Routledge, 2014); Freedom vs. Necessity in International Relations: Human-Centred Approaches to Security and Development "(Zed Books, March 2013), and many more. In addition, the professor has developed and submitted over one hundred academic publications in internationally reviewed editions on topics of international relations, social theory, security, development, democracy, history, geography, policy theory and philosophy.
The Kapuscinski Development Lectures project is implemented by the United Nations Development Program with financial support from the European Commission.