New book: Disaster Theory

A new book by the Crisis Resilience Alliance member David Etkin “Disaster Theory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Concepts and Causes”

Disaster Theory offers a theoretical background in the important topics related to understanding disaster. Drawing on related disciplines including sociology, risk theory, and seminal research on disasters and emergency management, Disaster Theory clearly lays out the conceptual framework of the emerging field of disaster studies. Tailored to the needs of advanced undergraduates and graduate students, this unique text makes an ideal capstone for students who have already been introduced to the fundamentals of emergency management. Disaster Theory emphasizes the application of critical thinking in understanding disasters and their causes by synthesizing a wide range of information on theory and practice, including input from leading scholars in the field.

 Key Features:

  •  Offers the first cohesive depiction of disaster theory
  •  Incorporates material from leading thinkers in the field, as well as student exercises and critical thinking questions, making this a rich resource for advanced courses
  •  Written from an international perspective and includes case studies of disasters and hazards from around the world for comparing the leading models of emergency response
  •  Challenges the reader to think critically about important questions in disaster management from various points of view
  •  Employs a broad interdisciplinary approach to give students a sophisticated understanding of this field of study

Author Bio:

David Etkin is an Associate Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University, Toronto Canada.  He has contributed to several national and international natural hazard projects including the 2nd U.S. national assessment of natural hazards, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), two NATO workshops, was Principal Investigator of the Canadian National Assessment of Natural Hazards, and is Past President of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network. His research interests focus on disaster management, risk and climate change. He has over 80 publications to his credit, including 6 edited volumes.

Published by Elsevier, Inc.