Professor Jakob Rhyner, UNU-EHS Bonn
"At last … the long-awaited, definitive book that explores the complexities of culture and disaster risk. Cultures and Disasters is a highly ambitious work that interprets the subtle dimensions of the management and reduction of risk. The authors consider diverse questions that include the philosophy of risk, politics and power relationships, local knowledge and learning, social divisions, religion, celebrity culture, coping strategies and adaptive behaviour. Researchers, students and practitioners will all benefit richly from this splendid work produced by five eminent editors and over twenty international experts in the field."
Ian Davis, Visiting Professor in Disaster Risk Management in Copenhagen, Lund, Kyoto and Oxford Brookes Universities
"The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 over the next 15 years aims to achieve 'the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries’. This timely book with its case studies enable a wider understanding of the cultural issues surrounding disasters."
Virginia Murray, Public Health England
"This collection of essays provides a much needed intervention in the field of disaster risk reduction. Its contributors represent some of the most eminent scholars in the field, providing insight into the socially embedded nature of risk and the contextual nature of people’s perceptions, interpretations, and reactions to hazards."
Zehra Zaidi, Natural Hazards Observer
"Both a book with highly usable chapters for students and innovative chapters that further the research agenda, the editors are to be commended for taking on such a challenge and providing the research community with a go-to book for anyone approaching the sticky subject of culture and disasters."
Olivia Wilkinson, Journal of International Humanitarian Action