Risk Literature

By popular demand I have listed below the references I gathered from a recent call for help on risk. Thanks to all those who contributed. I make no apologies for the format – copy and paste job, I’m afraid. Enjoy! PS in the spirit of reciprocity – please do leave further references as comments below.

Brun C 2009 A geographers’ imperative? Research and action in the aftermath of disaster The Geographical Journal 175 196–207

Donovan D 2010 Doing social volcanology: exploring volcanic culture in Indonesia Area 42 117–126

Donovan A and Oppenheimer C 2011 The 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and the reconstruction of geography The Geographical Journal 177 4-11

Furedi F 2007 The changing meaning of disaster Area 39 482–489

Greenhough B Jazeel T Massey D 2005 Introduction: geographical encounters with the Indian Ocean tsunami The Geographical Journal 171 369–386

Gregory D 2010 War and peace Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35 154–186

Lane S Odoni N Landstrom C Whatmore S J Ward N and Bradley S 2011 Doing flood risk science differently: an experiment in radical scientific method Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 36 15-36.

Le Billon P and Waizenegger A 2007 Peace in the wake of disaster? Secessionist conflicts and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 32 411–427

Mercer A et al 2008 Reflections on use of participatory research for disaster risk reduction Area 40 172–183

O’Brien G O’Keefe P and Rose J 2008 The vulnerable society Area 40 520–521

Reimer S 1998 Working in a risk society Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 23 116–127

  • Beck U, 1992, Risk society: towards a new modernity (Sage, London)
  • Wynne B. (1996) May the Sheep Safely Graze? A Reflexive View of the Lay-Expert Knowledge. pp27-43 in Lash S., Szerszynski B, and Wynne B.  [eds] Divide Risk, environment and modernity: towards a new ecology. SAGE publications, London.
  • Regions of Risk: a geographical introduction to disasters, Kenneth Hewitt, 1997;
  • Spatiality of Risk, Env and Plan A, 2008, 40.
  • Naomi Klein’s TED Talk “Addicted to Risk” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZhL7P7w3as

2 thoughts on “Risk Literature

  1. Eriksen, C. and N. Gill (2010) “Bushfire and Everyday Life: Examining the Awareness-Action ‘Gap’ in Changing Rural Landscapes.” Geoforum 41(5): 814-825.

    Eriksen, C., N. Gill, and L. Head (2010) “The Gendered Dimensions of Bushfire in Changing Rural Landscapes in Australia.” Journal of Rural Studies 26(4): 332-342.

  2. A few years ago, I wrote a short article called “Defining Risk” from a flood risk reduction perspective. See http://www.ilankelman.org/abstracts/kelman2003frn.pdf

    Apologies for the puns at the beginning, plus note that, in the equations, the multiplication signs became apostrophes. Additionally, the literature that I draw on is obviously focused on the flood topic. There is, of course, decades of other perspectives on risk from many other viewpoints.

    Nonetheless, I hope that the article stimulates debate amongst a non-specialist audience, which was its main point. But it could easily be updated or emulated with references and notions from the many, much wider risk perspectives and definitions that exist.

    With best wishes,


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