Stephanie Wakefield

Stephanie Wakefield is an urban geographer specializing in critical infrastructure studies, urban resilience and adaptation, and social-ecological systems thinking and design. She is currently Director and Assistant Professor of Human Ecology at Life University (Atlanta, GA). Before joining Life, she was an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at Florida International University (Miami, FL), and Visiting Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College (New York, NY).

She is the author of Anthropocene Back Loop: Experimentation in Unsafe Operating Space and co-editor of Resilience in the Anthropocene: Governance and Politics at the End of the World. She recently completed a new book, The City in the Anthropocene: Resilience, Infrastructure, and Imagination at Miami’s End, which critically explores experimental sea rise adaptations in Miami, Florida and, through these, suggests new limits and possibilities for critical urban theory and practice in the age of climate change.

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🔥 Practices for a Thawing World

Selected texts, talks, and projects

Stephanie Wakefield, “Critical Urban Theory in the Anthropocene,” Urban Studies, 59, no. 5 (2022): 917–936

Stephanie Wakefield, Kevin Grove, and David Chandler, “Asymmetrical Anthropocene Thinking and The Limits of Resilience,” cultural geographies. OnlineFirst, 2021

Stephanie Wakefield, “Environmental Governance in the Anthropocene,” In: Chandler, D. Müller, F, and Rothe, D (eds) International Relations in the Anthropocene: New Actors, New Agencies and New Approaches. London: Palgrave–Macmillan, 2021

Stephanie Wakefield, “Urbicide in the Anthropocene: Imagining Miami Futures.” In: Specht, D and Harper, E (eds) Imagining Apocalyptic Politics for the Anthropocene. Abingdon: Routledge, 2021

David Chandler, Kevin Grove, and Stephanie Wakefield (eds) Resilience in the Anthropocene: Governance and Politics at the End of the World. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020

Stephanie Wakefield, Anthropocene Back Loop: Experimentation in Unsafe Operating Space. London: Open Humanities Press, 2020

Stephanie Wakefield, “Making Nature into Infrastructure: The Construction of Oysters as a Risk Management Solution in New York City,” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 3, no. 3 (2020): 761–785

Stephanie Wakefield, “Anthropocene Hubris.” E-flux Architecture: Accumulation Series, 2020

Stephanie Wakefield, “Urban Resilience as Critique: Problematizing Infrastructure in Post-Sandy New York City,” Political Geography, 79, 2020

Stephanie Wakefield, “Life Beyond the Liberal One World World,” In: Wakefield, S, Grove, K, and Chandler, D (eds) Resilience in the Anthropocene: Governance and Politics at the End of the World. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020

Stephanie Wakefield, “Miami Beach Forever? Urbanism in the Back Loop.” Geoforum, 104 (2019): 34-44

Stephanie Wakefield, “Amphibious Architecture Beyond the Levee,” Mobilities 4, no. 3 (2019)

Stephanie Wakefield and Bruce Braun, “Oystertecture: Infrastructure, Profanation and the Sacred Figure of the Human,” Hetherington, K. (ed.) Infrastructure, Environment, and Life in the Anthropocene. Durham, Duke University Press, 2018

Stephanie Wakefield and Gean Moreno, “Tools for a Thawing World.” Exhibition catalogue essay for SUPERFLEX: We Are All in the Same Boat, Museum of Art and Design, Miami Dade College, 2018

Stephanie Wakefield, “Infrastructures of Liberal Life: From Modernity and Progress to Resilience and Ruins,” Geography Compass, 12, no. 7, 2018

Stephanie Wakefield, “The Possibilities for New Ways of Living,” Public Seminar, 2018

Bruce Braun and Stephanie Wakefield, “Destituent Power and Common Use: Reading Agamben in the Anthropocene,” Coleman, M. and Agnew, J. Geographies of Power. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2018

Stephanie Wakefield, “Dreaming the Back Loop,” Affidavit, June, 2017

Stephanie Wakefield Wakefield, “Inhabiting the Anthropocene Back Loop,” Resilience: International Policies, Practices, and Discourses, 6, no. 1, 2017

Stephanie Wakefield, “Field Notes from the Anthropocene: Living in the Back Loop,” Brooklyn Rail, June 2017

Stephanie Wakefield, “Man in the Anthropocene (as portrayed by the film Gravity)” May, 13, 2014

Stephanie Wakefield and Bruce Braun, “Inhabiting the Post-Apocalyptic City,” Society and Space online, 2014

Stephanie Wakefield and Bruce Braun, “Governing the Resilient City,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32, no. 1 (2014): 4-11

Elizabeth Johnson, Harlan Morehouse, Simon Dalby, Jessi Lehman, Sara Nelson, Rory Rowan, Stephanie Wakefield and Kathry Yusoff “After the Anthropocene: Politics and Geographic Inquiry for a New Epoch,” Progress in Human Geography, 38, no. 3 (2014): 439-456

Translation: Giorgio Agamben, “What is a Destituent Power? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32, no. 1 (2014): 65-74.