Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters in China, Japan and Beyond

This volume examines lessons learned in reducing the impact of disasters on communities in China, Japan and other countries world-wide.

Asia is the most disaster-prone continent. The 2012 data on natural disasters in 28 Asian countries, released by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Belgian-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters on December 11th, 2012 showed that, from 1950 to 2011, nine out of ten people affected by disasters globally were in Asia; that of the top five disasters that created the most damage in 2012, three were in China; that China led the list of most disasters in 2012; and, that China was the only “multi-hazard”-prone country. Similarly, the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake was the greatest known earthquake ever to have hit Japan and one of the five strongest ever recorded earthquakes in the world since 1900.

Subsequently, the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts Boston organized a conference in November 2012 to survey the best practices in post-disaster rebuilding efforts in China and Japan.

This edited book consists of selected papers from the proceedings of that event and previously invited contributions from leading scholars in post-disaster rebuilding in China, Japan and Namibia.

This book is part of a series. View the full series, "Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters", here.

Adenrele Awotona, Professor of Urban and Community Studies, is the founder and Director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters, and a former Dean of the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA. He was previously a Director of Studies for the British Council International Seminars (“Reconstruction after disasters”) in the United Kingdom.

"All the contributions in [the Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters] series have the potential to enhance our knowledge in the mechanisms of handling disasters, and our future preparedness. The four books, taken together, will also enhance international ability to deal with future disasters so that communities can be rebuilt with as little pain as possible to the most vulnerable members of the communities. The four books are highly recommended to bureaucrats and policy makers around the globe, especially civil servants working with international organizations, like the United Nations, in anticipation of future disasters. As an academician myself, I would strongly recommend the books to my colleagues in the social and economic sciences departments and other related academic disciplines."

Pade Badru Professor and former Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Savannah State University

"The book illuminates the lessons learned from a diverse array of disasters, expanding worldwide to include calamities in China, Japan and beyond. It articulates themes, challenges and effective sustainable strategies in dealing with vulnerable communities before and after the catastrophes from multidisciplinary perspectives, including the views of the experts ranging from professionals to academia. Attainment of improved quality of life through sustainable recovery in post disaster situations is well exemplified in both non-western and western societies. The book definitely draws our attention to increasing frequency and intensity of disasters and will be a very valuable addition to state of the art."

Ulker Copur Roger Williams University

"Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters in China, Japan and Beyond will bring forth important lessons and share valuable information which will be useful for policy makers, implementing agencies and groups involved in post-disaster reconstruction."

Vikram Bhatt McGill University

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ISBN: 1-4438-5814-5

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-5814-4

Release Date: 30th May 2014

Pages: 460

Price: £54.99