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Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice

Challenges for Australia and Its Neighbours

  • Anna Lukasiewicz
  • Claudia Baldwin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anna Lukasiewicz
      Pages 3-23
    3. Rebecca Colvin, Steve Crimp, Sophie Lewis, Mark Howden
      Pages 25-48
  3. Governance

  4. Vulnerability and Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Mohammad Shahidul Hasan Swapan, Md. Ashikuzzaman, Md. Sayed Iftekhar
      Pages 169-183
    3. Valerie Ingham, Mir Rabiul Islam, John Hicks, Oliver Burmeister
      Pages 221-238
    4. David Schlosberg, Hannah Della Bosca, Luke Craven
      Pages 239-259
    5. Claudia Baldwin
      Pages 279-298

About this book


This book explores policy, legal, and practice implications regarding the emerging field of disaster justice, using case studies of floods, bushfires, heatwaves, and earthquakes in Australia and Southern and South-east Asia. It reveals geographic locational and social disadvantage and structural inequities that lead to increased risk and vulnerability to disaster, and which impact ability to recover post-disaster.  Written by multidisciplinary disaster researchers, the book addresses all stages of the disaster management cycle, demonstrating or recommending just approaches to preparation, response and recovery. It notably reveals how procedural, distributional and interactional aspects of justice enhance resilience, and offers a cutting edge analysis of disaster justice for managers, policy makers, researchers in justice, climate change or emergency management.


Disaster Justice as a Social and Governance Issue Disaster Justice and Floods, Bushfires and Heatwaves Disaster Management Cycle Disaster Justice and International Agreements Intersection of Disaster and Justice in Post Disaster Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Lukasiewicz
    • 1
  • Claudia Baldwin
    • 2
  1. 1.Fenner School of Environment and Society and Institute for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk ScienceAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Urban Design and Town Planning and Sustainability Research CentreUniversity of the Sunshine CoastMaroochydoreAustralia

About the editors

Anna Lukasiewicz is an Honorary Lecturer at the Fenner School for Environment and Society, in the Australian National University, Australia. With an interdisciplinary background focusing on sustainability, Anna has been developing the Social Justice Framework, an empirically-grounded guide for incorporating justice and fairness into environmental and natural resource management.


Claudia Baldwin is Associate Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. With over 25 years of experience in government and consulting, Claudia teaches land-use planning and researches in community resilience; water, coastal, rural, and regional planning; climate change adaptation planning; as well as age and ability-friendly communities. 

Bibliographic information


“Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice is a timely and notable contribution to an immensely significant and generally neglected area of research. The neglect is surprising given that Injustice features so prominently in disaster preparedness, prevention, response and recovery, with huge social, economic and political consequences. This important book not only usefully describes many of the theoretical underpinnings of these consequences, but also incorporates studies from within Australia and the Indo-Pacific region to illustrate how they play out in practice. Its cogent conclusions are particularly relevant in the era of climate change, which is greatly increasing the frequency and severity of hazards and, as a consequence, amplifying disaster injustice.” (Robert Glasser, Visiting Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and former United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction)

“I congratulate the editors and contributing authors for a comprehensive, insightful, diverse and provocative book. In an age of unprecedented opportunity to shape our future whilst at the same time creating unprecedented risks that threaten to destroy our existence, disaster justice must play a key role in striking the balance for a safer, prosperous, equitable and sustainable world. This book represents some of the most dynamic thinking in the relationship between disaster justice and resilience, risk reduction and climate. It provides great appeal for all public and private policy makers, strategists and tacticians to escalate disaster justice as a central ethical consideration. It is a must read for everyone.” (Mark Crossweller, Former Director General, Emergency Management Australia, and Head of the National Resilience Taskforce)

 “In this tour de force of a text – the Editors and their contributing authors shine a new light through the lens of ‘disaster justice’ to help us better understand the theoretical and practical underpinnings of how ‘injustice plays out in places, on people and communities, on different systems and scales and in response to varying types of natural hazard’. These insights provide powerful new ways to unpack the circumstances surrounding the underlying principles of vulnerability and offer up new solutions to tackling ever increasingly complex threats to Australia and her neighbours. This text is of high value not just to students, researchers and teachers of hazard and disaster, but also for emergency service organisations that plan for and respond to disasters and for policy makers.” (Dale Dominey-Howes, Professor of Hazard and Disaster Risk Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia)