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Special Issue "Transforming Development and Disaster Risk"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Jonathan E. Ensor

Stockholm Environment Institute, Environment Department, University of York, United Kingdom
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Interests: participatory; rights-based and 'bottom-up' development processes; climate change adaptation
Guest Editor
Dr. Frank Thomalla

Stockholm Environment Institute—Asia Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
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Interests: vulnerability; resilience; disaster risk reduction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the complex relationships between development and disaster risk. Development and disaster risk are closely linked as the people and assets exposed to risk, as well as their vulnerability and capacity, are largely determined by developmental processes. Transformation is key to moving away from current development patterns that increase, create or unfairly distribute risks, to forms of development that are equitable and resilient. The search for transformative pathways is ongoing and may, for example, look to expose trade-offs in development policy, or prioritize equity and social justice for marginalized communities and groups in approaches to vulnerability reduction. Increasingly, transformative governance is seen as a vehicle through which these goals can be achieved, yet significant challenges remain if entrenched interests, unequal relations of power, and established ways of knowing and working are to be overturned. Articles submitted to this special issue should contribute case studies of and/or aim to enhance theoretical understanding of where and how transformations can occur in the development-disaster risk system; which types of transformations have the potential to significantly reduce disaster risk and contribute to sustainable development, and how they may be achieved in practice, at different scales. Ultimately, the insights from this Special Issue will deepen understanding of transformation, informing decision-making processes and exposing the actions that are required for a substantial and equitable reduction of disaster impacts.

Dr. Jonathan E. Ensor
Dr. Frank Thomalla
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Sustainable development
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Transformation
  • Resilience
  • Trade-offs
  • Social justice

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Emergency management leadership training in an increasingly disaster-prone world
Authors: Laura J. Haas 1,*, Regardt J. Ferreira 2, Amy E. Lesen 3 and Michael J. Blum 3,
Affiliations: 1 Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112
2 School of Social Work, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70112
3 The ByWater Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118
4 Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996
Abstract:
The need for emergency management leadership is rising as the frequency, intensity, and complexity of disasters continue to increase worldwide. System leadership, which espouses holistic perspectives and building collaborative networks, has emerged as a promising approach to address all aspects of the disaster cycle. We have undertaken a directive content analysis to determine whether system leadership is being advanced in emergency management training and educational programs across the United States. By extending the knowledge base on leadership competency development, we also identified other critical content gaps, which yielded recommendations for advancing emergency management capacity worldwide.
Keywords: 
disaster leadership; education; National Preparedness Course Catalog; system leadership; directive content analysis

Type: Original research article
Title: Dark side of development: Modernity, disaster risk and sustainable livelihoods in two coastal communities in Fiji
Author: Per Becker
Short abstract: The world is changing rapidly also for the remotest rural communities. Modernity is spreading across the world, under the guise of development, and transforming disaster risk. This raises issues concerning how disaster risk is transformed in such milieus. Using a sustainable livelihood approach, this paper investigates access to different types of capital that are central for vulnerability in two coastal communities in Fiji that are affected to different degrees by modernity. This comparative case study is based on fieldwork in 2009-2016, including semi-structured interviews, focus groups and observation. The results indicate that modernity transforms access and use of key capitals on both community and household levels, increasing dependence on external resources that are unequally distributed, while undermining social cohesion and support. Although disaster risk might be of similar magnitude overall on community-level, modernity transforms vulnerability significantly and skews the distribution of disaster risk towards the households left behind by development.

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