Special Issue "Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2011)
Dr. Thomas J. Cova (Website)
Director, Center for Natural & Technological Hazards, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Utah, 270 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm 270, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9115, USA
Interests: hazards and disasters; emergency management; transportation; GIScience
Dr. Scott Miles (Website)
Department of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University, 516 High St, MS 9085, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
Disasters are associated with failures to develop communities in a sustainable manner. Conversely, sustainable development – achievement of vibrant and equitable economic, social and environmental systems for current and future generations – is impossible without reducing the risk of future disasters. Disaster risk reduction incorporates broadly inclusive capacity building, hazard mitigation, emergency response, and community recovery. Each component of disaster risk reduction both requires, and provides opportunity for, sustainable development. These efforts should take place across many geographic scales with broad public participation informing all aspects of planning and decision-making. This special issue will focus on new theoretical frameworks, methods, and case studies aimed at promoting the inter-related goals of sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. These goals are interdisciplinary in nature and thus contributions are welcome from the social and physical sciences including environmental science, engineering, urban planning, public health, geography, and human ecology.
Dr. Thomas J. Cova
Dr. Scott Miles
- disaster risk reduction
- sustainable development
- community resilience