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Governance of systemic risks for disaster prevention and mitigation

Pia-Johanna Schweizer (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies eV, Potsdam, Germany)
Ortwin Renn (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies eV, Potsdam, Germany)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 9 October 2019

Issue publication date: 11 November 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Systemic risks originate in tightly coupled systems. They are characterised by complexity, transboundary cascading effects, non-linear stochastic developments, tipping points, and lag in perception and regulation. Disasters need to be analysed in the context of vulnerabilities of infrastructure, industrial activities, structural developments and behavioural patterns which amplify or attenuate the impact of hazards. In particular, disasters are triggered by chains of events that often amplify and also multiply damages. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper applies the concept of systemic risks to disasters more precisely to the combination of natural and human-induced disasters. The paper refers to the International Risk Governance Council’s Risk Governance Framework and applies this framework to the systemic aspects of disaster risks.

Findings

The paper maps out strategies for inclusive governance of systemic risks for disaster prevention and mitigation. Furthermore, the paper highlights policy implications of these strategies and calls out for an integrated, inclusive and adaptive management approach for the systemic aspects of disaster risks.

Originality/value

The paper fulfils the identified need to analyse disaster risks in the context of vulnerabilities of infrastructure, industrial activities, structural developments and behavioural patterns which amplify or attenuate the impact of hazards.

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Citation

Schweizer, P.-J. and Renn, O. (2019), "Governance of systemic risks for disaster prevention and mitigation", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 28 No. 6, pp. 862-874. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-09-2019-0282

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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