Complex Disasters: Compounding, Cascading, and Protracted

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Anna Lukasiewicz, Tayanah O’Donnell
Springer Nature Singapore, Oct 21, 2022 - Social Science - 394 pages

This Edited book introduces the concept of complex disasters and considers both disaster risks and impacts across the disaster management spectrum – Prevention – Preparation – Response and Recovery. Three types of complex disasters are analysed – ‘Compound’, ‘Cascading’ and ‘Protracted’.

Case studies include hazards from fires, through to floods, sea level rise and typhoons are explored through case studies from Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Each is written by scholars and/or practitioners with acknowledged expertise in the field and most chapters are based on detailed case studies of ongoing or recent research projects.

The book will be useful to researchers in climate, disaster, or environmental and economic policy, disaster risk reduction, and climate change studies, and practitioners and policy makers applying disaster theory and knowledge into policy and decision-making.

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About the author (2022)

Anna Lukasiewicz researches topics around the distribution of natural resources; water governance; disaster justice and natural hazard management. She works at the interface of justice and natural resource management.

Tayanah O’Donnell is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University and Partner with Deloitte, climate and sustainability. Her research interests include: climate and environmental regulation and policy, managed retreat, disaster resilience and climate change adaptation. She was previously a senior executive at the Australian Academy of Science.

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