Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster : Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) book cover
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Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster
Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

ISBN 9781138629998
Published February 17, 2019 by Routledge
192 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates the best strategies for poverty alleviation in post-disaster urban environments, and the conditions necessary for the success and scaling up of these strategies. Using the case study of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines, the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, the book aims to draw out policy recommendations relevant for other middle- and lower-income countries facing similar urban environmental challenges.

Humans are increasingly living in densely populated and highly vulnerable areas, often coastal. This increased density of human settlements leads to increased material damage and high death tolls, and this vulnerability is often exacerbated by climate change. This book focuses on urban population risk, vulnerability to disasters, resilience to environmental shocks, and adaptation in relation to paths in and out of poverty.

Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, including primary survey data from victims and those charged with overseeing the relief effort in the Philippines, Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster has significant implications for disaster risk reduction as it relates to the urban poor and is highly recommended for scholars and practitioners of development studies, environment studies, and disaster relief and risk reduction.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Poverty, Vulnerability and Risk  3. The Philippines: poverty, urbanization and disasters   4. The Roles of Foreign and International Agencies in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management  5. The Role of National and Local Governments in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response  6. An act of humanity or mercenary? Global and local politics of aid in the context of Typhoon Yolanda  7. Rebuilding Communities Through Social Capital, Trust and Networks  8. Conclusion

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Maria Ela Atienza, Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman, the Philippines. 

Pauline Eadie, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

May Tan-Mullins, School of International Studies, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.