This week, the Chair in Crisis Management Research at the Université Technologique de Troyes (UTT) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers (France) awarded its International Prize to Julie-Maude Normandin for her thesis,“La sécurité civile en transformation : Analyse comparative de la conception et de la mise en œuvre de la résilience face aux désastres.” (Civil security in transformation: A comparative analysis of the conception and implementation of disaster resilience).
The thesis aims to understand how the new concept of“resilience,” now very popular in the civil security domain, has transformed public policies for disaster management. Through an analysis of four case studies, Normandin finds that civil security actors first used resilience as a strategic concept to consolidate and improve their practices. Subsequently, the concept was employed to broaden their capacities for action to new areas. The thesis identifies five models of resilience that vary according to the objectives pursued by the actors, pre-existing professional cultures, and the public policy instruments developed. This work demonstrates that understanding the interdependencies between models of resilience is important to ensuring the resilience of communities and citizens following crises.
The UTT Chair in Crisis Management’s International Prize aims to promote scholarship on crisis anticipation and management. Prize winning work is published in the journal Perspectives: Les cahiers scientifiques de l’ENSOSP.
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Julie-Maude Normandin defended her thesis at ENAP in August 2019 under the co-direction of professors Marie-Christine Therrien and Jean-François Savard. She is currently an associate researcher at the Cité-ID Living Lab in Urban Resilience