Dr Alphia Possamai-Inesedy of University of Western Sydney and Dr Peter Rogers of Macquarie University are releasing a call for abstracts for an edited volume on  ‘Resilience, Trust and Adaptation: Bridging Theory and Policy’.
Please submit abstracts to Alphia at [email protected] by the 2nd of April.

Risk, it is argued, has become a central discourse in modern societies (Beck, 1992; Giddens, 1991), which frames identities and organises the governance of individuals and populations (Dean 1999).  While these theoretical perspectives are well established and supported by a growing amount of empirical research, the sociology of risk and uncertainty is still a bit like a supermarket. While there is some exchange between social science scholars, they reside in distinct disciplines with only limited dialogue to address the growing evidence that social problems are increasingly framed in terms of risk and uncertainty.   For Beck (1992) coming to terms with uncertainty is said to be the supreme challenge of our times.  This is especially salient for the scholar and practitioner grappling with the anticipatory knowledge of resilience, trust and adaptation.
A number of approaches (cultural, risk society, governmentality and systems theory perspectives) offer different explanations but there has been little comparative work which has sought to overcome the conceptual gaps between these ‘siloed’ approaches. An intervention is required to establish a bridge between these approaches and create a common ground from which specific social problems can be reframed and dealt with more productively by researcher, policy makers and practitioners. In this edited collection we aim to establish this intervention in the study of risk using concepts of ‘resilience’, ‘trust’ and ‘adaptation’ to bridge the divide between theory and policy. These three concepts, though often explored separately, when combined cut across technical, social and cultural dimensions of risk. Our contributors will emphasise the tensions between calculative forms of reasoning (which enact strong belief in techno-scientific knowledge), emotional forms of reasoning (fear and concern for the future, chronic uncertainty, ontological insecurity) and specific empirical problems in each case study. The resultant analyses provide a tool-box for students and experts alike to take apart the discussion of risk and uncover ‘generative’ trends of enquiry across cultural trends, policy directions and governance practice affecting security, disaster, crisis and uncertainty. The proposed edited collection will thus fill a gap in the literature by giving a comprehensive overview of the innovative approaches emerging from cutting edge research. It also reframes the risk concept in relation to emerging interventions in policy and practice now being undertaken in the name of increasing resiliency, building trust and adapting to the challenges of an uncertain world. This will include an introduction and conclusion that capitalise on the diversity of the contributing chapters to identify both the existent tensions, common themes and future potential for proactive collaboration from this intervention in the field of risk research and policy.