Introduction – Living with Perils in the Twenty-First Century

  • Tiziana Rossetto
Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 33)


This chapter introduces some of the questions that spurred the writing of this book, particularly whether there are underlying commonalities in beliefs about natural hazards across the globe, and whether links can be drawn between people’s perceptions or representations of their risk from natural hazards on the one hand, and the actions they take to mitigate against these hazards on the other. The book brings together a number of risk perception/representation studies that traverse several countries and hazards and are authored by academics from a diverse set of disciplines. Challenges and gaps are identified in relation to the risk perception field, and it is argued that cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary studies are required to answer the questions raised in the chapter.


Risk Perception Natural Hazard Disaster Risk Disaster Risk Reduction Multiple Hazard 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EPICentre, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic EngineeringUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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