1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Hazards and Society

Edited By Tara K. McGee, Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell Copyright 2022
    616 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook provides a state-of-the-science review of research and practice in the human dimensions of hazards field.

    The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Hazards and Society reviews and assesses existing knowledge and explores future research priorities in this growing field. It showcases the work of international experts, including established researchers, future stars in the field, and practitioners. Organised into four parts, all chapters have an international focus, and many include case studies from around the world. Part I explains geophysical and hydro-meteorological/climatological hazards, their impacts, and mitigation. Part II explores vulnerability, resilience, and equity. Part III explores preparedness, responses during environmental hazard events, impacts, and the recovery process. Part IV explores policy and practice, including governments, support provided during and after environmental hazard events, and provision of information.

    This Handbook will serve as an important resource for students, academics, practitioners, and policymakers working in the fields of environmental hazards and disaster risk reduction.

    Table of Contents

    1 Introduction: Environmental Hazards today and tomorrow

    Tara K. McGee and Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell

    Part 1: Environmental Hazards

    Geophysical hazards

    2 Earthquakes and Tsunami

    Julia S. Becker, Sara K. McBride, Lauren J. Vinnell, Wendy S.A. Saunders, Graham S. Leonard, Timothy J. Sullivan and Ken Gledhill

    3 Volcanic Eruption

    David K. Chester and Angus M. Duncan

    4 Landslides

    Irasema Alcántara-Ayala and Marten Geertsema

    Hydro-meteorological /climatological hazards

    5 Tropical cyclones: Experiences from Bangladesh and the USA

    Edris Alam and Bill DelGrosso

    6 Flooding

    Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell, Sally M. Priest and Lydia Cumiskey

    7 Drought: The case of South Africa

    Andries Jordaan

    8 Extreme Heat and Cold

    Michael J. Allen and Daniel J. Vecellio

    9 Wildfire

    Tara K. McGee, Elise Gatti and Amy Cardinal Christianson

    10 Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation

    Jörn Birkmann and Hannes Lauer

    Part 2: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Equity

    Vulnerability and Resilience

    11 Social Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Hazards

    Kathleen Tierney

    12 Vulnerability: Its discursive and material nature

    Janki Andharia

    13 Community Level Social Capital and Resilience

    Daniel P. Aldrich and Michelle A. Meyer

    14 Urban and rural interdependencies: infrastructure services

    Alexander Fekete, Asad Asadzadeh, Diana Contreras, Johannes Hamhaber, Simone

    Sandholz and Dominic Sett

    15 Critical Infrastructure and Hazards: A risk modelling approach

    Elco Koks 


    16 Environmental Justice and Hazards: Case studies from the USA and India

    Jayajit Chakraborty and Pratyusha Basu

    17 Sexual and Gender Minorities in Disasters

    Dale Dominey-Howes, Scott McKinnon, Andrew Gorman-Murray, Christine Eriksen

    18 Indigenous Responses to Environmental Hazard Events

    Suzanne Phibbs and Christine Kenney 

    Part 3: Preparedness, Responses, Impacts, and Recovery

    Adaptation and preparedness

    19 Adaptation to flood risk by households and small businesses

    Tim Harries

    20 Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction: An Asian Perspective

    Rajib Shaw, Bismark adu-gyamfi, Vibhas Sukhwani

    21 Emergency Alerting and Warnings

    Jeannette Sutton and Michael M. Wood


    22 Evacuation versus shelter-in-place

    Jim McLennan, Chris Bearman and Barbara Ryan

    23 Volunteers and community participation

    Blythe McLennan

    24 Religious institutions, communities and disasters

    Abdur R. Cheema


    25 Physical health consequences of disasters

    Penelope Burns and Gerard FitzGerard

    26 Disasters and Mental Health

    Michael J. Zakour

    27 The economic impacts of flood risk reduction

    Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell


    28 Disaster Recovery

    Bimal K. Paul

    29 Regenerating Socio-Cultural Capacities and Capabilities in Disaster Recovery

    Douglas Paton, Petra Buergelt, Rey-Sheng Her, Li-ju Jang, Rei-Ling Lai, Ya-Lan Tseng, Ruei-Siang Wu and Sault Sagala

    Part 4: Policy and Practice


    30 International agreements and policies

    Lidia Mayner and Virginia Murray

    31 Governance issues with environmental hazards

    Livhuwani Nemakonde, Sizwile Khoza and Dewald Van Niekerk

    32 Local Governments and Environmental Hazards

    Kristin Taylor and Stephanie Zarb


    33 Humanitarian Organizations and Aid

    Tammam Aloudat

    34 The role of Insurance in Reducing Losses from Disasters

    Wouter Botzen and Howard Kunreuther

    35 Settlement and Shelter Reconstruction

    Erin P. O’Connell and Brent Doberstein


    36 Disaster Risk Reduction Education

    Glenn Fernandez

    37 News Media Coverage of Environmental Hazards

    Bruno Takahashi

    38 Reflections

    Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell and Tara K. McGee




    Tara K. McGee is an interdisciplinary social scientist in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of wildfires.

    Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell is a geographer who founded the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University, London. He is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Middlesex University. He is the editor of the international journal Environmental Hazards published by Taylor & Francis.