Crossing Borders: Governing the Globalising Urban Matrix of Compound Disasters in Asia and the Pacific

  • Michelle Ann Miller
  • Michael Douglass


The chapter conceptually situates our original contribution to scholarship in four key areas: (1) through our treatment of environmental disasters as compound events with multiple causalities and far-reaching consequences, (2) by adopting an inclusive multi-sector, multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar approach to disaster governance, (3) by framing the urban transition in the Asia-Pacific region within an urban-rural matrix that encompasses the ecological reach and demands of cities into remote and rural areas, and (4) by interrogating the border as a site that is selectively porous and bounded, depending on the nature of the flows of cross-border environmental harm at different junctures and according to the range of strategic interests at stake. The idea of the national border is explored in this chapter within the context of the particularities of the Asia-Pacific region, where urbanisation is realigning the possibilities for cross-border disaster governance, while at the same time raising new problems for socioeconomic resilience and stability at multiple scales. The chapter concludes with an overview of the structure of the volume, explicating the threads of connectivity between the theoretical essays and case studies.


Cross-border disaster governance Urbanisation Compound disasters Cities Asia-Pacific 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Asia Research Institute, National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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