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The Demography of Disasters

Impacts for Population and Place


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  • Presents contemporary cross-national studies on population impacts for and from disasters

  • Puts significant focus on climate change

  • With contributions by around 50 international experts

  • Focuses on disasters as caused by human or society vulnerabilities

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Conceptualising the Demography of Disasters

    • Dávid Karácsonyi, Andrew Taylor
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. Long-Term Mass Displacements—The Main Demographic Consequence of Nuclear Disasters?

    • Dávid Karácsonyi, Kazumasa Hanaoka, Yelizaveta Skryzhevska
    Pages 15-48Open Access
  4. Disruptions and Diversions: The Demographic Consequences of Natural Disasters in Sparsely Populated Areas

    • Dean B. Carson, Doris A. Carson, Per Axelsson, Peter Sköld, Gabriella Sköld
    Pages 81-99Open Access
  5. Migration as a Potential Heat Stress Adaptation Strategy in Australia

    • Kerstin K. Zander, Carmen Richerzhagen, Stephen T. Garnett
    Pages 153-167Open Access
  6. Designing Resilient Cities that Work for Women, Too

    • Jessica L. Barnes
    Pages 169-187Open Access
  7. Communities in Fukushima and Chernobyl—Enabling and Inhibiting Factors for Recovery in Nuclear Disaster Areas

    • Tetsuya Okada, Serhii Cholii, Dávid Karácsonyi, Michimasa Matsumoto
    Pages 211-232Open Access
  8. The Ontological Praxis Between Disaster Studies and Demography—Extension of the Scope

    • Dávid Karácsonyi, Andrew Taylor
    Pages 251-268Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides worldwide examples demonstrating the importance of the interplay between demography and disasters in regions and spatially. It marks an advance in practical and theoretical insights for understanding the role of demography in planning for and mitigating impacts from disasters in developed nations.

Both slow onset (like the of loss polar ice from climate change) and sudden disasters (such as cyclones and man-made disasters) have the capacity to fundamentally change the profiles of populations at local and regional levels. Impacts vary according to the type, rapidity and magnitude of the disaster, but also according to the pre-existing population profile and its relationships to the economy and society. In all cases, the key to understanding impacts and avoiding them in the future is to understand the relationships between disasters and population change.

In most chapters in this book we compare and contrast studies from at least two cases and summarize their practical and theoretical lessons.


  • Impact of disasters
  • Demograhic change
  • Regional effects of disasters
  • Population dynamics
  • Environmental change
  • Open access
  • climate change

Editors and Affiliations

  • Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

    Dávid Karácsonyi

  • Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia

    Andrew Taylor

  • Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Askja, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

    Deanne Bird

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book
USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)