What is it about?

In my recent article in Security Dialogue, I investigate how emergency responses are being reorganized in the UK to grapple with the speed and unpredictability of contemporary emergencies. Specifically, I focus on the framework of Integrated Emergency Management (IEM). IEM looks to accelerate the speed of emergency responses in order to hasten recovery.

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Why is it important?

As I demonstrate in my article, speed is a principle consideration when it comes to strategizing the organization of emergency responses today. Rooted in the idea of resilience, emergency responses aim to quickly resolve emergencies so that we may ‘bounce back’ from disruptive challenges. In my article, I call the distinct form of security enacted within emergency responses ‘event-suppression’. Event suppression ensures security not by preventing an event from happening, but by quickly closing down the ‘disruptive’ time of the emergency event and ensure a swift return to ‘normality’.

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This page is a summary of: Emergent emergency response: Speed, event suppression and the chronopolitics of resilience, Security Dialogue, March 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0967010618817422.
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