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Choosing or avoiding disaster

Kelman, I; (2024) Choosing or avoiding disaster. Geography , 109 (1) pp. 36-39. 10.1080/00167487.2024.2307222.

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This article explores why the term ‘natural disaster’ is a misnomer. Based on long-standing research, it argues that disasters do not occur due to environmental hazards such as earthquakes and floods. Instead, disasters happen when human attitudes, values and behaviours force people into, or lead people to choose to be in, harm’s way, making them vulnerable. Choices creating and perpetuating vulnerabilities are the disaster and these choices are not from nature but are societal processes.

Type: Article
Title: Choosing or avoiding disaster
DOI: 10.1080/00167487.2024.2307222
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00167487.2024.2307222
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: Social Sciences, Geography, disaster risk reduction, mitigation, prevention, resilience, vulnerability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189616
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