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A conversation towards post-colonial futures for disaster risk reduction in South Asia

Emmanuel Raju (Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research, Global Health Section, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Suchismita Goswami (Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research, Global Health Section, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Nishara Fernando (Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Mayeda Rashid (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Eti Akter (Tarua Girls High School, Tarua, Bangladesh)
Nyima Dorjee Bhotia (Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, Nepal)
Aditi Sharan (School of Environment, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Mihir Bhatt (All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, Ahmedabad, India)
J.C. Gaillard (School of Environment, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 26 February 2024

Issue publication date: 18 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This conversation highlights the need to rethink how we approach disaster risk reduction in different South Asian contexts.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on the webinar held as part of Asia Week at the University of Copenhagen which was organised by Asian Dynamics Initiative and Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research on the September 12, 2023.

Findings

The prominent themes emerging from this conversation represents hybridity, self-rule and self-recovery. Along with this we suggest a fundamental turn to ensuring hope, solidarity and empathy is part of a post-colonial future.

Originality/value

The conversation contributes to the ongoing discussions on moving away from colonial practices in disaster risk reduction and disaster studies broadly.

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Acknowledgements

Otter Ai was used to support the first draft of the recording for this transcript.

Emmanuel Raju and Suchismita Goswami acknowledge financial support from the International Research Fund Denmark for the Research Project 2 granted on Disaster Risk Creation in Urban Resettlement Processes, grant number- 1028-00215B; Period: 2021–2025.

‘As this manuscript is a transcript of a historical interview, the peer review has not been anonymous’

Citation

Raju, E., Goswami, S., Fernando, N., Rashid, M., Akter, E., Bhotia, N.D., Sharan, A., Bhatt, M. and Gaillard, J.C. (2024), "A conversation towards post-colonial futures for disaster risk reduction in South Asia", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 145-161. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-10-2023-0265

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