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Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk: The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015

Bracken, Louise
A. Ruszczyk, Hanna
Robinson, Tom

978 3 319 65210 8
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Publication date:
12 March 2018

Full description: 

This book presents a range of academic research and personal reflections on the Gorkha earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015. For the first time, perspectives from geography, disaster risk reduction, cultural heritage protection, archaeology, anthropology, social work, health and emergency response are discussed in a single volume. Contributions are included from practitioners and researchers from Nepal and Durham University in the UK, many of whom were in Nepal at the time of the earthquake. Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk explores the event of the earthquake, its consequences and its impacts, to provide a holistic and multi-perspective understanding of this special hazard and its significant ramifications for social, political, economic and cultural aspects of life in Nepal. The book highlights how these multiple perspectives are needed to inform each other in order to develop and shape new ways of thinking and interacting with environmental hazards. This collection of works will be of interest to students and academics of Environment Studies, Human Geography and Environmental Policy, and will be of particular relevance to those involved in risk research and managing risk and hazard events.

Table of contents: 

Part I: Earthquake Preparedness and Response 1. Introduction to the Gorkha earthquake; Hanna Ruszczyk and Tom Robinson2. Earthquake Risk Reduction Efforts in Nepal: NSET's Experience; Amod M. Dixit et al3. The First 100 Hours: Emergency Response to the Gorkha Earthquake; Gopi Basyal 4. Health and the Nepal Earthquake: Ways Forward; Ramjee Bhandari, Chandika Shrestha and Shiva Raj Mishra5. The Science of Earthquake Forecasting: What's Next for Nepal and the Himalayan Region?; Sanchita Neupane6. Disaster Games and the Role of Science for Informing High-Level Emergency Response Planning for Nepal; Tom Robinson Part II: Disciplinary Perspectives7. Communities in the Aftermath of Nepal's Earthquake; Ben Campbell 8. The Earthquake and Ideas Lying Around; Hanna Ruszczyk 9. Green Social Work and the Uptake by the Nepal School of Social Work: Building Resilience in Disaster Stricken Communities; Lena Dominelli 10. Looking Down Not Up: Protecting the Post-Disaster Subsurface Heritage of the Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Site; Robin Coningham et al11.Looking and Moving Forward; Tom Robinson, Hanna Ruszczyk, and Louise Bracken


Louise Bracken is Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and the Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk Research at Durham University, UK. Hanna Ruszczyk is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University, UK. Tom Robinson is an Addison Wheeler Fellow in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK.




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