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1st Edition

Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

ISBN 9780415523257
Published December 22, 2011 by Routledge
912 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Handbook provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for hazard and disaster research, policy making, and practice in an international and multi-disciplinary context. It offers critical reviews and appraisals of current state of the art and future development of conceptual, theoretical and practical approaches as well as empirical knowledge and available tools.

Organized into five inter-related sections, this Handbook contains sixty-five contributions from leading scholars. Section one situates hazards and disasters in their broad political, cultural, economic, and environmental context. Section two contains treatments of potentially damaging natural events/phenomena organized by major earth system. Section three critically reviews progress in responding to disasters including warning, relief and recovery. Section four addresses mitigation of potential loss and prevention of disasters under two sub-headings: governance, advocacy and self-help, and communication and participation. Section five ends with a concluding chapter by the editors.

The engaging international contributions reflect upon the politics and policy of how we think about and practice applied hazard research and disaster risk reduction. This Handbook provides a wealth of interdisciplinary information and will appeal to students and practitioners interested in Geography, Environment Studies and Development Studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword  1. Challenging Risk: We Offer the Reader a Left Foot Book  Section 1: Big Picture Views – Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities  2. Introduction to Section 1: Big Picture Views – Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities  3. Framing Disaster: Theories and Stories Seeking to Understand Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk  4. Historical Concepts of Disasters and Risk  5. Politics; power and disasters  6. Human Rights, Disasters and State Obligations  7. Violent Conflict, Natural Hazards and Disaster  8. Culture, Hazard and Disaster  9. Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction  10. Religious Interpretations of Disaster  11. Hazards and Disasters Represented in Film  12. Hazards and Disasters Represented in Music  13. Hazard, Risk and Urbanisation  14. Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development   Section 2: Fine-Grained Views – Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities  15. Introduction to Section 2: Fine-Grained Views – Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities  16. Data Sources on Hazards  17. Tools for Identifying Hazards  18. Hazard, Risk and Climate Change 19. Coastal Storm  20. Thunderstorm and Tornado  21. Flood  22. Drought  23. Extreme Heat and Cold  24. Wildfire  25. Landslide and other Mass Movements  26. Earthquake  27. Tsunami  28. Volcanic Eruption  29. Soil Erosion and Contamination  30. Human Epidemic  31. Livestock Epidemic  32. Plant Disease, Pests and Erosion of Biodiversity  33. Hazards From Space  34. Disability and Disaster  35. Gender, Sexuality and Disaster  36. Children, Youth and Disaster  37. Elderly People and Disaster  38. Caste, Ethnicity, Religious Affiliation and Disaster  Section 3: Preparedness and Response  39. Introduction to Section 3: Preparedness and Response  40. Early Warning Principles and Systems  41. Preparedness, Warning and Evacuation  42. Emergency Management Principles  43. From Damage and Needs Assessments to Relief  44. Health Care and Disaster  45. Food Security and Disaster  46. Settlement and Shelter Reconstruction  47. Psycho-Social Recovery   48. Socio-Economic Recovery  Section 4: Planning, Prevention and Mitigation  49. Introduction to Section 4: Planning, Prevention and Mitigation  50. International Planning Systems for Disaster  51. National Planning and Disaster  52. Local Government and Disaster  53. Urban and Regional Planning and Disaster  54. Financial Mechanisms for Disaster Risk  55. Economic Development Policy and Disaster Risk  56. Protection of Infrastructure  57. Social Protection and Disaster  58. Livelihood Protection and Support and Disaster  59. Community Action and Disaster  60. Civil Society and Disaster  61. University Research’s Role in Reducing Disaster Risk  62. Education and Disaster  63. Media, Communication and Disaster  64. Participatory Action Research and Disaster Risk   Section 5: Conclusion  65. Challenging Risk: Has the Left Foot Stepped Forward?

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Ben Wisner is a retired Professor who has worked on the interface between disaster risk reduction and sustainable human development since 1966. He currently conducts research and advises institutions such as the Global Network of Civil Society for Disaster Reduction.

JC Gaillard is Senior Lecturer at the School of Environment of The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Ilan Kelman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research–Oslo (CICERO).


"The take-home message is that to fully understand the implications of the worlds of hazards and disaster risk, people must better understand vulnerabilities and how they create the wicked problems of communities. Undoubtedly the most comprehensive book on these topics to date. Summing Up: Essential" -CHOICE, August 2012