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Deltaic Dilemmas: Ecologies of Infrastructure in New Orleans
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8170-1364
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the relationship between water infrastructure, ecological change, and the politics of planning in New Orleans and the Mississippi River Delta, USA. Complex assemblages of water control infrastructure have been embedded in the delta over the last several centuries in an effort to keep its cities protected from floodwaters and maintain its waterways as standardized conduits for maritime transportation. This thesis investigates the historical development of these infrastructural interventions in the delta’s dynamics, and shows how the region’s eco-hydrology is ensnared in the politics and materiality of pipes, pumps, canals, locks, and levees. These historical entanglements complicate contemporary efforts to enact large-scale ecosystem restoration, even while the delta’s landscape is rapidly eroding into the sea. This historical approach is extended into the present through an examination of how waterway standards established at so-called chokepoints in the global maritime transportation system (the Panama Canal, for example) become embedded and contested in coastal landscapes and port cities worldwide. Turning towards urban ecology, the thesis examines socioecological responses to the flooding following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with a special focus on how infrastructure failures, flooding intensity, and land abandonment are driving changing vegetation patterns in New Orleans over the past decade. The thesis contributes new conceptual language for grappling with the systemic relations bound up in water infrastructure, and develops one of the first studies describing urban ecosystem responses to prolonged flooding and post-disaster land management. This provides insights into the impending planning challenges facing New Orleans and coastal cities globally, where rising sea levels are bringing about renewed attention to how infrastructure is implicated in patterns of ecological change, hazard exposure, resilience, and social inequality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University , 2015. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Infrastructure, New Orleans, resilience, historical ecology, urban ecology, disturbance
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119390ISBN: 978-91-7649-239-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-119390DiVA: diva2:845118
Public defence
2015-09-16, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519
Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Manuscript. Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 4: Accepted. Paper 5: Manuscript.

Available from: 2015-08-25 Created: 2015-08-10 Last updated: 2015-11-19Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Crisis on the Delta: Emerging Trajectories for New Orleans
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crisis on the Delta: Emerging Trajectories for New Orleans
2015 (English)In: Climate Change and the Coast: Building Resilient Communities / [ed] Bruce C. Glavovic, Mick Kelly, Robert Kay, Ailbhe Travers, Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2015, 147-166 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2015
Keyword
New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, flood protection, coastal erosion
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119407 (URN)9780415464871 (ISBN)9781482288582 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2015-08-12Bibliographically approved
2. Socioecological dynamics in response to urban flooding and land abandonment in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Socioecological dynamics in response to urban flooding and land abandonment in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keyword
Disturbance, flooding, urban ecosystems, vegetation dynamics, resilience
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119408 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2016-01-29Bibliographically approved
3. The Disapearing River: Infrastructure and Urban Nature in New Orleans
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Disapearing River: Infrastructure and Urban Nature in New Orleans
(English)In: Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban Ecologies / [ed] Henrik Ernstson, Sverker SörlinChapter in book (Refereed)
Keyword
Infrastructure, drainage, New Orleans, urban ecosystems
National Category
History of Technology
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119410 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519
Note

Forthcoming

Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2015-08-12
4. Towards a Political Ecology of Maritime Transportation: Infrastructural Zones, Standardized Environments, and Collective Action
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Political Ecology of Maritime Transportation: Infrastructural Zones, Standardized Environments, and Collective Action
(English)In: Environment and planning A, ISSN 0308-518X, E-ISSN 1472-3409Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Keyword
Infrastrucutre, Panama Canal, political ecology
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119411 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
5. Contesting the Coast: Socioecological Cleavages and Coastal Planning in the Mississippi River Delta
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contesting the Coast: Socioecological Cleavages and Coastal Planning in the Mississippi River Delta
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keyword
New Orleans, Mississippi River, cleavages, infrastructure
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119412 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2016-01-29Bibliographically approved

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