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Developing the CSO case studies

John Norton (Development Workshop France, Lauzerte, France)
Terry David Gibson (Inventing Futures, Macclesfield, UK)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 21 September 2018

Issue publication date: 22 January 2019




The purpose of this paper is to outline the iterative process which led to the production of the case studies prepared by Civil Society Organisations which are at the core of this Special issue.


The development of the papers has been a process of “case study authors” peer group (editors included) exchange and discussed development, in a reactive or “stepwise” process encouraging authors to develop their material to reflect very varied contexts and cases related to community-driven actions and vulnerabilities.


The collaborative process has enabled authors to develop and share both the breadth and depth of complex local issues that address emerging vulnerabilities and barriers to community-driven action.


Encouraging local authors to critically explore their local experience and action has deepened our understanding of how communities actually assess and address their local reality and the challenges they face, whether these are locally considered as “disasters” or not, or indeed seen as long-term evolving risks and threats to survival.



Norton, J. and Gibson, T.D. (2019), "Developing the CSO case studies", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 20-24.



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