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Disaster Research and the Second Environmental Crisis

Assessing the Challenges Ahead

  • James Kendra
  • Scott G. Knowles
  • Tricia Wachtendorf

Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. James Kendra, Scott G. Knowles, Tricia Wachtendorf
    Pages 1-18
  3. Locating Disaster Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. Confronting the Second Environmental Crisis

  5. Old Problems with New Solutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Rachel Dowty Beech, William Wallace
      Pages 243-259
    3. Patrick S. Roberts, Kris Wernstedt, Joseph Arvai, Kelly Redmond
      Pages 261-275
    4. Malka Older
      Pages 277-293
    5. James Kendra, Sarah Gregory
      Pages 319-341

About this book


The 50th anniversary of the Disaster Research Center of the University of Delaware provoked a discussion of the field’s background, its accomplishments, and its future directions. Participants representing many disciplines brought new methods to bear on perennial problems relevant to effective disaster management and policy formation.  However, new concerns were raised, stemming from the fact that we live today in a globally unfolding environmental crisis every bit as pressing and worrisome as that of the 1960s when the Disaster Research center was founded.  This volume brings together ideas of participants from that workshop as well as other contributors. Topics include: the history and evolution of disaster research, innovations in disaster management, disaster policy, and ethical considerations of disaster research.  Readers interested in science and technology, public policy, community action, and the evolution of the social sciences will find much of interest in this collection.


Environmental Conflicts Environmental Crisis Environmental Degradation Second Environmental Crisis Disaster Research

Editors and affiliations

  • James Kendra
    • 1
  • Scott G. Knowles
    • 2
  • Tricia Wachtendorf
    • 3
  1. 1.Disaster Research Center and Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and AdministrationUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistoryDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Disaster Research Center and Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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