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1st Edition

Disasters and Social Resilience
A bioecological approach

ISBN 9780815364368
Published January 3, 2018 by Routledge
220 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The interconnectedness of communities, organisations, governing bodies, policy and individuals in the field of disaster studies has never been accurately examined or comprehensively modelled. This kind of study is vital for planning policy and emergency responses and assessing individual and community vulnerability, resilience and sustainability as well as mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts; it therefore deserves attention.

Disasters and Social Resilience fills this gap by introducing to the field of disaster studies a fresh methodology and a model for examining and measuring impacts and responses to disasters. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems theory, which is used to look at communities holistically, is outlined and illustrated through a series of chapters, guiding the reader from the theory's underpinnings through research illustrations and applications focused on each level of Bronfenbrenner’s ecosystems, culminating in an integration chapter. The final chapter provides policy recommendations for local and national government bodies and emergency providers to help individuals and communities prepare and withstand the effects of a range of disasters.

This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of disaster and emergency management, disaster readiness and risk reduction (DRR), and to scholars and students of more general climate change and sustainability studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Rationale for the use of Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems theory to examine resilience  3. Methodology: An application of Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems theory  4. Individuals’ disaster resilience  5. The microsystem in disaster resilience  6. The mesosystem in disaster resilience  7. The Exosystem and the Community  8. The Macrosystem  9. The Chronosystem  Conclusion

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Helen J. Boon is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Arts, Society and Education, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University, Australia.

Alison Cottrell is an Associate Professor with the Centre for Disaster Studies and Associate Dean Research Education within the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University, Australia.

David King is an Associate Professor in the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University, Australia, and is Director of the Centre for Disaster Studies, and the Centre for Tropical Urban and Regional Planning.


"The book makes a useful contribution to disaster management by highlighting the complexities of the concept of social resilience in the context of disasters. It provides an opportunity for the reader to reflect on social resilience and disasters."
Michael Tarrent, Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology in Disasters and Social Resilience: a bioecological approach