1st Edition

Innovative Thinking in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management

Edited By

Simon Bennett

ISBN 9781138270541
Published October 9, 2016 by Routledge
288 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Risk is an enduring theme of modern life. It permeates political, economic and environmental domains. Some risks are unavoidable. Others are not. Innovative Thinking in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management provides ideas and action plans for in a risk society.

Dealing with issues of civil safety and security, the book addresses the management of socio-technical risks and hazards, environmental risk, and risk perception. Focusing on risk reduction, chapters cover key themes such as terrorism, public order, emergency responding, energy supply, climate change, and natural disasters.

Featuring contributions from expert scholars, the book is both accessible and original. Practitioners in the emergency services, industry and commerce will find the book to be valuable reading, whilst for policy makers, students and academics with a focus on risk and crisis management, this is an essential reference.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Simon Bennett)

1. Empowering Emergency Responders (Roger Miles)

2. Terrorism and the Risk Society (David Waddington & Kerry McSeveny)

3. The Emergent Nature of Risk as a Product of ‘Heterogeneous Engineering’: A Relational Analysis of Oil and Gas Industry Safety Culture (Anthony J. Masys)

4. The Inhuman: Risk and the Social Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (David Alford)

5. Risk as Workers’ Remembered Utility in the Late-Modern Economy (Clive Smallman & Andrew M. Robinson)

6. Aviation and Corporate Social Responsibility (Simon Bennett)

7. Investigating Resilience, Through ‘Before and After’ Perspectives on Residual Risk (Hugh Deeming, Rebecca Whittle & Will Medd)

8. Managing Risks in a Climatically Dynamic Environment: How Global Climate Change Presents Risks, Challenges and Opportunities (Todd Higgins)

9. A Future for Late-Modern Social Formations in Detroit? (Simon Bennett)

10. Conclusion (Simon Bennett)

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Dr Simon Bennett is the Director of the Civil Safety and Security Unit at the University of Leicester, UK. After ten years in IT management, Simon obtained a PhD in the sociology of scientific knowledge. He also has a BA in Public Administration and an MA in Communications and Technology. Simon has worked as a consultant to both the aviation and rail industries and sits on the Editorial Board for the journal Risk Management. He edits the Vaughan College (University of Leicester) series of monographs and is the author of A Sociology of Commercial Flight Crew. His latest publication, The Pilot Lifestyle: A Sociological Study of the Commercial Pilot's Work and Home Life, is the product of a six-month research contract for the British Air Line Pilots' Association.


'This collection is a significant contribution to the literature on risks and disasters in contemporary societies and how to manage them. It is a rich source of new ideas for academics, students, policymakers and practitioners. Written in an accessible style, the book is wide in scope and fertile with ideas. It is timely and challenging and provides new insights and understanding.'

John Benyon, Professor, University of Leicester, UK and Chair, College of Learned Societies, Academy of Social Sciences

'This book offers genuinely original thinking that will be of interest to academics as well as practitioners in the emergency services and policy makers. Overall, it is an optimistic book which says that the problems we face in the 21st century are not intractable: what is needed is a little less dogma and a little more imagination. A sentiment with which many can agree.’

The ROSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal

'Inspired by discussions over late-modernity, but drawing upon many vivid examples, this collection takes a critical look at contemporary risk management. Issues of the democratization of knowledge, of corporate social responsibility, and of the quality of life powerfully emerge. A book which puts risk firmly in social and political context - with important implications both for academic analysis and institutional practice.'

Alan Irwin, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark