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Urbanisation at Risk in the Pacific and Asia
Disasters, Climate Change and Resilience in the Built Environment

ISBN 9780367258474
Published May 26, 2020 by Routledge
250 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents practical approaches for tackling the threats from climate change and disasters to urban growth in Pacific island countries and Asian nations.

With chapters written by leading scholars and practitioners, Urbanisation at Risk presents research and case studies from island countries across the Pacific, Cambodia, Nepal and the Philippines. The book explores and presents the theory, policy and practice of how governments, civil society, aid organisations and people themselves prepare for, withstand and recover better from urban disasters including windstorms, floods, earthquakes and fires, and the effects of climate change.

This book is written for urban policy makers, researchers, humanitarian aid and development workers, and anyone interested in urbanisation, participatory approaches, disasters, resilience and climate change adaptation.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Pacific Island Countries

Chapter 1: Urbanisation at risk: urban resilience in Pacific Island Countries

by John Connell and Meg Keen

Chapter 2: Climate and disaster risks, challenges and opportunities for resilient Pacific towns and cities

by David Sanderson, Laura Bruce and Pamela Sitko

Chapter 3: The humanitarian-development nexus in Pacific urban contexts: lessons from tropical cyclone Winston in Fiji

by Anna Gero and Keren Winterford

Chapter 4: Reflecting on a journey from climate change vulnerability assessments to the implementation of climate resilience actions: Honiara, Solomon Islands

by Darryn McEvoy, Bernhard Barth, Alexei Trundle and David Mitchell

Chapter 5: What does neighbourhood level urban resilience look like in Honiara?

by Laura Bruce and Leeanne Marshall

Chapter 6: Using a systems approach to better understand urban resilience in Port Vila, Vanuatu

by Pamela Sitko, Walker Toma and Olivia Johnson

Chapter 7: ‘This is our garden now’: disasters and belonging in an urban Pacific

by Jennifer Day and Tom Bamforth

Chapter 8: Resilience in Pacific towns and cities: the social dimensions of change

by Paul Jones and Meg Keen

Section 2: Asia (and beyond)

Chapter 9: Planning for climate change: adapting to a more sustainable urban future

by Barbara Norman

Chapter 10: Community resilience through self-help housing adaptations: examples from Nepal and the Philippines

by Sandra Carrasco and Neeraj Dangol

Chapter 11: The discourse and practice of resilience policy in Phnom Penh

by Laura Beckwith and Piseth Keo

Chapter 12: Are children the key to designing resilient cities after a disaster?

by Robyn Mansfield

Chapter 13: Identifying resilience in recovery – complexity, collaboration and communication

by David Sanderson

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David Sanderson is Professor and Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture at UNSW, Sydney. David has worked across the world in development and emergencies, both in practice, with NGOs and, latterly, in academia. In recent years, David is Editor of the 2016 IFRC World Disasters Report and the author of the ODI/ALNAP 2019 Good Practice Review in Urban Humanitarian Response.

Laura Bruce is Research Associate for the Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture at UNSW, Sydney, where she is supporting research in urban resilience both internationally and in Australia. Laura has over 12 years’ experience working for international NGOs in project management, advocacy and research for development and humanitarian programmes.


"An insightful read on the urgency for a critical understanding of cities in the Asia Pacific region with thoughtful analysis by leading experts. The combination of case-studies and interrogation of cross-cutting themes provides a concrete approach to address the pressing issues facing vulnerable populations with a focus on resilience."  —Ronak B. Patel, Director of Urbanization and Resilience Program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

"The rapid rate of urbanization poses challenges in how humanitarian actors plan, prepare for and respond to disasters. The breathtaking speed of change in the urban environment urgently requires adaptability and agility on the part of humanitarians. Urbanisation at Risk is a timely publication as it provides pragmatic advice to a policy makers and inspiring examples to practitioners. For the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with its broad reach to communities through its 192 national societies around the world, this book is essential reading, not only to ensure engagement at the policy level, but also in the design of appropriate programmatic interventions in towns and cities where we work." —Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary-General, Partnerships, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies