Challenging Risk – has the Left Foot Stepped Forward?

Authored by: The Editors

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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While the title of this Handbook emphasises hazard, risk and disaster, the key aspect that emerges from the foregoing chapters is the need to address vulnerability and the capacities required to overcome it. That does not mean neglecting risk, hazard and disaster. It means recognising that hazards, risk and disaster tend to be products of human action and inaction, of decisions about the allocation of and access to resources and locations, and the power and lack of power to make these decisions (Mueller-Mann 2011).

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