Dr Kevin Grove
Lecturer in Human Geography
BA (honors) International Affairs (University of Cincinnati)
MA (The Ohio State University)
PhD (The Ohio State University)
- Assistant Director of Student Recruitment, DGES
- DGES International Recruitment Committee member
- DGES Admissions and Recruitment Committee member
- Editorial board member, Geography Compass
- Sustainability & Resilience (GG29220)
- Governing Uncertain Futures (GG38220)
- Key Concepts in Human Geography (GGM3120)
- Power, Place & Development (GG14210)
- Geography Tutorial (GG22110)
- Geography Fieldwork - New York City(GG22400)
- Geography Dissertation (GG34040)
- Geohazards (EA22810)
- Advanced Research Skills (EAM1120)
My research revolves around the broad question of how global liberal order is constructed and contested through both actual catastrophic ‘natural’ events and fears of future calamities. It touches on several core areas, including:
- Environmental security
- Geopolitics and development
- Vulnerability, adaptation and resilience
- Caribbean political economy
In brief, I bring political ecology research on disasters and development into conversation with recent work in political geography and critical international relations on biopolitical security. This allows me to engage in research that critically expands our understanding of politics and power in disaster management.
I’m particularly interested in studying how social and ecological contingencies are governed through disaster management policy and planning. My dissertation research drew on ethnographic fieldwork conducted with Jamaica’s national disaster management agency to explore two innovations that have become a central part of disaster resilience planning: catastrophe insurance and community-based disaster management. Analysing how civil servants engaged with the discourses and techniques of catastrophe insurance and community-based programming enabled me to provide an empirically grounded account of how disaster resilience initiatives extend neoliberal orderings of socio-ecological relations to new regions and populations.
Looking forward, my future research will build on these findings to examine the possibilities for more radical forms of state practice and biopolitics. My interest here is to explore the materiality and aesthetics of critical infrastructure security – or how state agents and community members in disaster-affected areas engage with infrastructure systems as they advance competing visions of resilience, security, and community. Bringing literatures on biopolitics, aesthetics, and assemblage theory to bear on reconstruction and resilience-building will enable me to analyze community resilience as an unstable assemblage held together by affective interconnections that circulate through physical and social infrastructure. This research will point towards the possibilities for constructing a radical politics of environmental security that prioritizes combatting the manifold sources of suffering and human insecurity above abstract goals of ensuring systemic resilience.
From Emergency Management to Managing Emergence: A Genealogy of Disaster Management in Jamaica. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 10.1080/00045608.2012.7403572012.
Preempting the next disaster: Catastrophe insurance and the financialization of disaster management. Security Dialogue 43 (2) pp. 139-155. 10.1177/09670106124384342012.
Rethinking the nature of urban environmental politics: Security, subjectivity, and the non-human. Geoforum 40 (2) pp. 207-216. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.09.0052009.
Biopolitics, biopower, and the return of sovereignty. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27 (3) pp. 489-507. 10.1068/d35082009.