Special Issue "Transforming Development and Disaster Risk"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: participatory; rights-based and 'bottom-up' development processes; climate change adaptation
Interests: vulnerability; resilience; disaster risk reduction
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.
* This special issue is dedicated to our friend and colleague, Nilufar (Neela) Matin, who died in 2017. Neela had worked for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at our York Centre since 1996. She was passionate about understanding poverty, natural resource management and sustainable development with a strong gender focus, and was a central figure in our work on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk. Neela was a truly multi-disciplinary researcher, whose talents extended from social science and political theory through to policy development and formulation. Neela was hugely experienced. Prior to joining SEI York Neela had worked extensively with a wide range of organizations, including governments, donor agencies, research institutions and NGOs.
Dr. Jonathan E. Ensor
Dr. Frank Thomalla
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Sustainable development
- Disaster risk reduction
- Social justice