This timely Handbook is based on the principle that disasters are social constructions and focuses on social science disaster research. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to disasters with theoretical, methodological, and practical applications. Attention is given to conceptual issues dealing with the concept "disaster" and to methodological issues relating to research on disasters. These include Geographic Information Systems as a useful research tool and its implications for future research. This seminal work is the first interdisciplinary collection of disaster research as it stands now while outlining how the field will continue to grow.
Havidán Rodríguez is the President of the University at Albany of the State University of New York (SUNY). However, most of his work for this Handbook took place in his previous role as Founding Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He also served as director of the Disaster Research Center (DRC) at the University of Delaware. He was the principal investigator for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Training the Next Generation of Disaster Researchers, funded by NSF. Dr. Rodríguez is the co-editor (with Quarantelli and Dynes) of the Handbook of Disaster Research (2006).
Joseph E. Trainor is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware (UD). He is the current director of the UD Disaster Science and Management Degree Programs and is a Core Faculty member at the Disaster Research Center (DRC).
William Donner is Associate Professor of Sociology and Disaster Studies M.A. Director at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Research interests include hazard warnings, epidemiology, demography, and statistical applications in disaster research.
Part I. Perspectives on Disasters.- Chapter 1. Defining Disaster; Ronald W. Perry.- Chapter 2. The Crisis Approach; Arjen Boin, Paul 't Hart and Sanneke Kuipers.- Chapter 3. Contributions of Technological and Natech Disaster Research to the Social Science Disaster Paradigm; Duane A. Gill and Liesel A. Ritchie.- Chapter 4. Studying Future Disasters and Crises: A Heuristic Approach; E.L. Quarantelli, Arjen Boin, and Patrick Lagadec.- Part II. Contemporary Issues in Disaster.- Chapter 5. Resilience and Disasters; James M. Kendra, Lauren Clay and Kimberly Gill.- Chapter 6. The Cultural Turn in Disaster Research: Understanding Resilience and Vulnerability through the Lens of Culture; Gary R. Webb.- Chapter 7. Terrorism as Hazard and Disaster; William L. Waugh Jr.- Chapter 8. Climate Change and Disasters; Katherine Hore, Ilan Kelman, Jessica Mercer and JC Gaillard.- Chapter 9. On Bridging Research and Practice in Disaster Science and Management: Unified System or Impossible Mission?; Joseph E. Trainor. Eric Stern and Tony Subbio.- Part III. Inequality, Social Stratification, and Disasters.- Chapter 10. Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Disaster Vulnerability; Bob Bolin and Liza C. Kurtz.- Chapter 11. Gender and Disaster: Foundations and New Directions for Research and Practice; Elaine Enarson, Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek.- Chapter 12. People with Disabilities and Disasters; Laura M. Stough and Ilan Kelman.- Chapter 13. Children and Disasters; Lori Peek, David Abramson, Robin S. Cox, Alice Fothergill and Jennifer Tobin.- Chapter 14. Social Capital in Disaster Research; Michelle A. Meyer.- Part IV. Methods and Methodological Issues in Disaster Research.- Chapter 15. Methodological Issues in Disaster Research; William Donner and Walter Diaz.- Chapter 16. The Role of Geographic Information Science and Technology in Disaster Management; Deborah S. K. Thomas.- Chapter 17. Computer Simulation and Optimization; Rachel A. Davidson and Linda Nozick.- Chapter 18. Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Disasters; Michele M. Wood and Linda B. Bourque.- Part V. Communities in Disaster.- Chapter 19. Community Innovation and Disasters; Tricia Wachtendorf, James M. Kendra and Sarah DeYoung.- Chapter 20. Community-based Disaster Risk Management; Dewald Van Niekerk, Livhuwani David Nemakonde, Leandri Kruger and Kylah Forbes-Genade.- Chapter 21. Population/Community Displacement; Ann-Margaret Esnard and Alka Sapat.- Part VI. Communication and the Mass Media.- Chapter 22. Communication Imminent Risk; Michael K. Lindell.- Chapter 23. News Media and Disasters: Navigating Old Challenges and New Opportunities in the Digital Age; Brian Monahan and Matthew Ettinger.- Chapter 24. Social Media in Disaster Communication; Leysia Palen and Amanda L. Hughes.- Part VII. From Coordination to Recovery: Managing Disasters.- Chapter 25. Community Processes: Coordination; Thomas E. Drabek.- Chapter 26. Governmental Response to Disasters: Key Attributes, Expectations, and Implications; Sandra K. Schneider.- Chapter 27. Post-Disaster Sheltering, Temporary Housing and Permanent Housing Recovery; Walter Gills Peacock, Nicole Dash, Yang Zhang and Shannon Van Zandt.- Chapter 28. Disaster Recovery in an Era of Climate Change: The Unrealized Promise of Institutional Resilience; Gavin Smith, Amanda W. Martin, and Dennis E. Wenger.