Water Engineering and Development Centre

28 Aug 2017

New publication: Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment

Lee Bosher and Ksenia Chmutina

Between 2010 and 2015 the world experienced 530 disaster events that affected 140 million people, killed 78 thousand people and caused US$151bn in damages, figures that are testament to the massive (and increasingly) negative impacts that disasters have globally.

This book from Wileys by WEDC staff Lee Bosher and Ksenia Chmutina of the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University provides a multi-facetted introduction to how a wide range of risk reduction options can be mainstreamed into formal and informal construction decision making processes, so that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) can become part of the ‘developmental DNA’.

The contents highlight the positive roles that practitioners such as civil and structural engineers, urban planners and designers, and architects (to name just a few) can undertake to ensure that disaster risk is addressed when (re)developing the built environment.

The book does not set out prescriptive (‘context blind’) solutions to complex problems because such solutions can invariably generate new problems. Instead it raises awareness, and in doing so, inspires a broad range of people to consider DRR in their work or everyday practices.

This highly-illustrated text book provides a broad range of examples, case studies and thinking points that can help the reader to consider how DRR approaches might be adapted for differing contexts.

This publication will be available from June.

ISBN: 978-1-118-92149-4

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