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Handbook of hazards and disaster risk reduction

  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • Publication date: 2011
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978041559065
  • Author(s): Wisner, Ben; Gaillard, JC; Kelman, Ilan (eds.)
  • Number of pages: 890 p.

This 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. 

Organised into five inter-related sections, this handbook contains sixty-five contributions from leading scholars. It includes five sections, which: (i) situates hazards and disasters in their broad political, cultural, economic, and environmental context; (ii) contains treatments of potentially damaging natural events/phenomena organized by major earth system; (iii) critically reviews progress in responding to disasters including warning, relief and recovery; (iv) addresses mitigation of potential loss and prevention of disasters under two sub-headings: governance, advocacy and self-help, and communication and participation; and (v) 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.

Routledge is currently offering a 20% discount to those who purchase the book through their website (see link below). To take advantage of this discount, use the code LRJ50. A sliding price scale for an e-book version is being negotiated so that civil society, research and teaching institutions in low income countries can have access. The royalties are going to two NGOs that work on disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean and the Philippines.

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  • Themes:Disaster Risk Management, Early Warning, Governance, Information Management, Recovery

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/22848

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