Disaster and Development Discourses, Policies, and Practices

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 5:30 PM-7:20 PM
Room: Booth 48
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Disaster and development discourses of the last two decades have tended to converge around matters of sustainability, risk, resilience, adaptation, and poverty reduction. Less attention has been paid, however, to the implications of this convergent thinking for researching issues of prediction, precaution, and hope in human survival. There is a need to understand the systems of meaning that underlie disaster and development thinking. This work should be engaged cross-culturally and in relation to the emergent institutions of the future. How also might the conceptualization of disaster and development get reflected back through policies and practices of a growing disaster reduction or sustainable development industry? This session aims to bring together a number of contributions that address theoretical, methodological, and sector based interpretations addressing disaster in development and vice versa. The session is timely as we reconsider complex disaster events in terms of varying development trajectories. This extends to looking anew at accompanying global strategies that would anticipate, take better care of, and motivate people who struggle with local realities stemming from global change. The session is hosted by the Japan-UK Disaster Risk Reduction Study Programme and is open to inputs from any part of the world.
Session Organizers:
Andrew COLLINS, Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, Hirokazu TATANO, DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan and Norio OKADA, Kwansei University, Japan
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Tiina KORVENRANTA, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Sointu SILVOLA, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Mainstreaming Flood Risk Reduction By Enhancing Better Risk Governance in Japan (Oral)
Hirokazu TATANO, DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan; Junho CHOI, Kyoto University, Japan; Subhajyoti SAMADDAR, Kyoto University, Japan