Crossing Borders

Governing Environmental Disasters in a Global Urban Age in Asia and the Pacific

  • Michelle Ann Miller
  • Michael Douglass
  • Matthias Garschagen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Cross-Border Disasters in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

  3. Transboundary Governance in Riparian Regions

  4. Cross-Border Disaster Collaborations

  5. Cross-Border Disasters and Conflict Potential

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-288

About this book


This multidisciplinary book examines the diverse ways in which environmental disasters with compounding impacts are being governed as they traverse sovereign territories across rapidly urbanising societies in Asia and the Pacific. Combining theoretical advances with contextually rich studies, the book examines efforts to tackle the complexities of cross-border environmental governance. In an urban age in which disasters are not easily contained within neatly delineated jurisdictions, both in terms of their interconnected causalities and their cascading effects, governance structures and mechanisms are faced with major challenges related to cooperation, collaboration and information sharing. This book helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by offering fresh insights and contrasting explanations for variations in transboundary disaster governance regimes among urbanising populations in the Asia-Pacific.


Disasters across borders in urbanizing Asia Cross-border disaster governance in Asia-Pacific Governing transboundary disasters in urban Asia-Pacific Cross-border cooperation for environmental disasters Governing environmental disasters without borders Environmental disaster management Cross-border environmental governance Disasters in Asia and the Pacific Effects of disasters Urbanization and climate change Disasters in Mekong sub-regions Disasters in Pearl River Delta Empowerment of local community groups

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle Ann Miller
    • 1
  • Michael Douglass
    • 2
  • Matthias Garschagen
    • 3
  1. 1.Asia Research InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Asia Research InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)United Nations University BonnBonnGermany

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