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Christine Wamsler

Christine Wamsler

Professor, Docent

Christine Wamsler

Managing urban risk: perceptions of housing and planning as a tool for reducing disaster risk

Author

  • Christine Wamsler

Summary, in English

This paper examines current perceptions within international aid agencies regarding the existing and potential roles of housing and urban development planning as a tool for reducing urban disaster risk in developing countries. It is mainly based on interviews with more than 50 professionals from international agencies and a review of documents on planning and risk reduction.



The paper analyses the correlation between planning and the occurrence of naturally triggered disasters, and argues that this correlation is inadequately considered by international stakeholders elaborating pre-disaster initiatives. It shows that the identified gap between the working fields of planning and risk reduction increases the vulnerability of the urban poor in two ways: 1) actively, through existing initiatives, which only focus on planning or risk reduction; and 2) passively, through the lack of developing initiatives that integrate both fields.

Department/s

  • Housing, Development and Management

Publishing year

2004

Language

English

Pages

11-28

Publication/Series

Global Built Environment Review

Volume

4

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Global Built Environment Review, Edge Hill University

Topic

  • Architecture

Keywords

  • developing countries
  • disaster risk management
  • housing
  • prevention
  • risk reduction
  • disaster
  • urban planning

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1474-6824