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Disaster Recovery

Used or Misused Development Opportunity

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  • The book provides case examples from different parts of the world on recent major disaster events
  • This book analyzes the disaster recovery on three unique components: governance, education and technology
  • Practitioner's perspective is the key source of the book chapters
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Part of the book series: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

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This book explains key lessons learned from diverse disaster situations and analyzes them within the framework of governance, education, and technology, providing a framework for disaster recovery as a development opportunity. In post-disaster situations, different types of resources are put into the affected region, varying according to technical, financial, intellectual, and community resources. If properly implemented, disaster recovery can change the context of risk-reduction approaches; if not, it can create additional hazards. In some countries, the post-disaster recovery process has even changed the socio-economic and political context of the affected region and country.

The book has 21 chapters and is divided into four parts: governance and institutional issues (five chapters), education and learning issues (four chapters), technology and innovation issues (five chapters), and cross-cutting issues (five chapters). The final chapter provides an analysis of the key topics.

              The primary target groups for this book are students and researchers in the fields of environment, disaster risk reduction, and climate change studies. The book provides them with a good idea of the current research trends in the field and furnishes basic knowledge about these vital topics. Another target group comprises practitioners and policy makers, who will be able to apply the knowledge collected here to policy and decision making.

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Education and Learning

  2. Cross-cutting Issues

Editors and Affiliations

  • International Environment and Disaster Management, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto, Japan

    Rajib Shaw

About the editor

Rajib Shaw is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University, Japan.  He worked closely with the local communities, NGOs, governments and international organization, including United Nations, especially in the Asian countries.  He is currently the Chair of the United Nations Asia Regional Task Force for Urban Risk Reduction.  His research interests are: community based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education.  He has published several books in the field of disaster and environmental management.  He is also the Chief Editor of Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Disaster Recovery

  • Book Subtitle: Used or Misused Development Opportunity

  • Editors: Rajib Shaw

  • Series Title: Disaster Risk Reduction

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Tokyo

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Japan 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-4-431-54254-4Published: 08 November 2013

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-4-431-56135-4Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-4-431-54255-1Published: 30 October 2013

  • Series ISSN: 2196-4106

  • Series E-ISSN: 2196-4114

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 431

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations, 72 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Natural Hazards, Sustainable Development

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