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Re-Specifying Disaster Risk: Concepts, Methods, and Models

Topics: Emergency Management,

This paper discusses the future of hazard research and the impact of disasters on susceptible populations. It details how social structures in particular, including institutional frameworks and policies, are key determinants in evaluating and building community resilience. To better capture the complex and dynamic nature of social vulnerability, the paper proposes a new tool, the hazard-risk-location-model (HRLM), with which to analyze social configurations and social capital in relation to how the vulnerable cope with crises.

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