What’s critical about critical infrastructure?

Steele, Wendy E., Hussey, Karen and Dovers, Stephen (2017) What’s critical about critical infrastructure?. Urban Policy and Research, 35 1: 74-86. doi:10.1080/08111146.2017.1282857


Author Steele, Wendy E.
Hussey, Karen
Dovers, Stephen
Title What’s critical about critical infrastructure?
Journal name Urban Policy and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1476-7244
0811-1146
Publication date 2017-02-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08111146.2017.1282857
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Start page 74
End page 86
Total pages 13
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2018
Abstract Critical infrastructure (CI) has received much attention in research, policy and political discussions in recent years, following concern over exposure of infrastructure to terrorist attack, disruption through disasters, rising awareness of the interdependent nature of infrastructure in modern urban systems, and changes in the ownership of and responsibility for infrastructure assets. In this paper, we explore the implications of different framings of both “critical” and “infrastructure”, through two questions: critical how and for whom; critical when and at what scale? Framings of CI, and their increasingly important manifestations in policy and law, have deep but too-often unexposed implications: the lines drawn between what is defined as critical and that which is not concerns not only the physical or informational assets, but the inclusion/exclusion of communities and their places and values as important aspects of modern urban governance. We argue that a better understanding of what is critical about urban infrastructure is not just recognition of their vulnerability and interconnectedness, but also of the key linkages between critical infrastructure and human and environmental system integrity and equity within the context of capitalist urbanisation.
Keyword Critical infrastructure
Cities
Information of Things (IoT)
Security
Disasters
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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