IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Julian Reid

February - May 2014

It is now accepted that we live in an age defined by complexity. Not only has this radically altered our understanding of social, biological and geological evolution, it has fundamentally challenged some of the prevailing assumptions of contemporary political science. Directly impacting upon ideas of sustainable development and peaceful co-habitation, traditional ideas about state security in particular have been displaced by more complex and interconnected mediations on the nature of catastrophic events which are forcing governments to increasingly think in global terms. Complex systems theory has been central here as we move from linear understandings of social order, to an appreciation that uncertainty is more defining. Logical outcomes of these changes have been the moves toward strategies of resilience which are built on the understanding that societies are inherently vulnerable and insecure.

Julian Reid is Professor of International Relations at the University of Lapland, Finland. The author of numerous books and articles, he is internationally renowned for his works on the liberal biopolitics of security, the liberal way of war, the advent of complexity, along with the politics of resilience. During his visit to Bristol he will be sharing his expertise with the Global Insecurities Centre.

For more information on Professor Reid's visit, please contact Dr. Brad Evans.


The book launch of Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously, co-authored by Dr Evans and Professor Reid, is held on 12 March 2014.