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Building back better from COVID-19: Knowledge, emergence and social contracts

Pelling, Mark; Adams, Helen; Adamson, George; Barcena, Alejandro; Blackburn, Sophie; Borie, Maud; Donovan, Amy; ... Yi, Lu; + view all (2022) Building back better from COVID-19: Knowledge, emergence and social contracts. Progress in Human Geography , 46 (1) pp. 121-138. 10.1177/03091325211059569. Green open access

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Abstract

COVID-19 recovery is an opportunity to enhance life chances by Building Back Better, an objective promoted by the UN and deployed politically at national level. To help understand emergent and intentional opportunities to Build Back Better, we propose a research agenda drawing from geographical thinking on social contracts, assemblage theory and the politics of knowledge. This points research towards the ways in which everyday and professional knowledge cocreation constrains vision and action. Whose knowledge is legitimate, how legitimacy is ascribed and the place of science, the media and government in these processes become sites for progressive Building Back Better.

Type: Article
Title: Building back better from COVID-19: Knowledge, emergence and social contracts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/03091325211059569
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/03091325211059569
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2021,This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: COVID-19, disaster, build back better, emergence, science and technology studies, social contracts
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10156209
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