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Understanding Disaster Risk - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128190470

Understanding Disaster Risk

1st Edition

A Multidimensional Approach

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Editors: Pedro Santos Ksenia Chmutina Jason Von Meding Emmanuel Raju
Paperback ISBN: 9780128190470
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2020
Page Count: 400
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Understanding Disaster Risk: A Multidimensional Approach presents the first principle from the UNISDR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015-2030. The framework includes a discussion of risk and resilience from both a theoretical and governance perspective in light of ideas that are shaping our common future. In addition, it presents innovative tools and best practices in reducing risk and building resilience. Combining the applications of social, financial, technological, design, engineering and nature-based approaches, the volume addresses rising global priorities and focuses on strengthening the global understanding of vulnerability, displaced communities, cultural heritages and cultural identity.

Readers will gain a multifaceted understanding of disaster, addressing both historic and contemporary issues. Focusing on the various dimensions of disaster risk, the book details natural and social components of risk and the challenges posed to risk assessment models under the climate change paradigm.

Key Features

  • Addresses the current challenges in policy and practice for building resilience strategies
  • Follows the global frameworks for disaster risk reduction and sustainability, specifically the UNISDR Sendai Framework for DRR, 2015-2030
  • Aids in understanding the natural and social components of risk in a diverse and globalized world
  • Presents the challenges posed to risk assessment models under the climate change paradigm


Academics in disaster management, policy makers, industry sector, NGOs and risk practitioners in general

Table of Contents

Section 1. Resilience of communities in long term displacements and Resilient communities at the center of Big Data analytics
Section 2. Resilience, vulnerability, exposure and hazards: discussing and operationalizing concepts
Section 3. Understanding risks linked to Climate Change
Section 4. Bushfire risk: the natural and social components of the equation
Section 5. Risks, vulnerabilities and diversity in the globalized world


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About the Editors

Pedro Santos

Pedro Pinto Santos is a geographer with a PhD in Territory, Risk and Public Policies from the Universities of Aveiro, Coimbra and Lisbon, a Master in Geosciences at the University of Coimbra and a degree in Physical Geography from the University of Lisbon. From 2011 to 2017 he was a Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES-UC) in several: "Intermunicipal Risk Management Plan for the Coimbra Region", "MOLINES - Modelling floods in estuaries. From the hazard to the critical management" and "Disaster - GIS database on hydro-geomorphologic in Portugal: a tool for environmental management and emergency planning". From 2017 and mid-2019 he was a researcher in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (IGOT-ULisboa) in the project "FORLAND - Disastrous floods and landslides in Portugal: driving forces and applications for land use planning". Currently, he develops a project at IGOT-ULisboa on flood risk, with the aim of simulating, proposing and achieving consensus regarding the flood risk management (FRM) strategies to be adopted at the river basin scale, considering current and future scenarios of territorial dynamics and climate change. His research interests focus on the study of methodologies for the assessment of hazard, vulnerability, losses and resilience, particularly in regard to flood risk.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Ksenia Chmutina

Ksenia Chmutina is a Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism at Loughborough University’s School of Architecture, Building, and Civil Engineering. Her main research interest is in synergies and tensions of resilience and sustainability in the built environment, including holistic approach to enhancing resilience to natural and human-induced threats, and a better understanding of the systemic implications of sustainability and resilience under the pressures of urbanisation and climate change. Her other research interests include transdisciplinary integration of pre-emptive hazard mitigation strategies into decision making process of construction stakeholders, and disaster risk management of cultural heritage. Ksenia uses her work to draw attention to the fact that disasters are not natural. Her research mainly comprises location-based case studies and systemic policy analysis; it brings together quantitative and qualitative research to generate transdiciplinary understanding in the areas of sustainability, resilience, and policy in the context of built environment, and employs various data analysis techniques. She has conducted her research in the UK, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, the Caribbean, and across Europe.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Loughborough University, UK

Jason Von Meding

Jason von Meding is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle’s School of Architecture and Built Environment. His recent research focuses on the social, political, economic and environmental injustice that causes people, across global societies but particularly in the developing world, to be marginalised and forced into greater risk of being impacted by disasters. Having accumulated a decade of research experience in the field of disaster science, he takes a critical approach to disaster scholarship and argues for an acceptance of disasters as social constructs rather than natural events.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, Australia

Emmanuel Raju

Emmanuel Raju is an Associate Professor of Disaster Risk Management at the Global Health Section at the University of Copenhagen and currently co-chairs the Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research. He is also appointed as ‘Extraordinary Associate Professor’, at North-West University, South Africa since 2019. His experience spans across working in South Asia, Southern Africa, Europe- particularly the Nordics. Emmanuel is also a Co-Editor of Disaster Prevention and Management- a leading journal in the field of disaster studies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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