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Looking Forward: Disasters at 40

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; (2019) Looking Forward: Disasters at 40. Disasters , 43 (S1) S36-S60. 10.1111/disa.12327. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reflects on contemporary studies of and responses to disasters, highlighting the importance of historical, spatial, and intersectional modes of analysis, and draws on the author's ongoing research on Southern‐led and local community responses to displacement in the Middle East. Acknowledging the plurality of ‘international communities of response’, it begins by critiquing the depiction of selected responses to disasters as ‘positive’ ‘paradigm shifts’, including in reference to the ‘localisation of aid, and the United Nations’ Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for Syria. Next it turns to three key themes that are central to disasters studies: migration; forced displacement; and Southern‐led responses to disasters. Among other things, the paper argues that exploring the principles and modalities of South–South cooperation, rather than promoting the incorporation of Southern actors into the ‘international humanitarian system’ via the localisation agenda, presents a critical opportunity for studies of and responses to disasters.

Type: Article
Title: Looking Forward: Disasters at 40
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/disa.12327
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12327
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: interdisciplinarity, intersectionality, localisation of aid, long‐term responses to disasters, migration, overlapping displacement, refugee‐led response, South–South cooperation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064666
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