The WJA Lab is interested in unconventional understandings of disaster management and risk communication through comparative research to inform cooperation-based disaster management. The response of civil society to extreme weather events puzzles experts of climate change and disasters: despite the increasing ability to forecast disasters, as well as the availability in the media of images of their aftermath, the morbidity of such events remains associated with lack of communication and cooperation. This project focuses on the forecasting of water disasters, on the ways in which difficult environmental conditions are predicted, and on how such warnings are acted upon, at different yet interconnected levels.
There’s doing a good job. There’s doing a great job. And then there’s doing what the southern-Indian state of Kerala has done to control its coronavirus outbreak, which is a job so astonishingly effective that it calls into question some bedrock assumptions about how the world works.
‘Here, I’m not at ease’: anthropological perspectives on community resilience, an article by Roberto Barrios
A number of recent studies on disaster reconstruction have focused on the concept of community resilience and its importance in the recovery of communities from collective trauma. This article reviews the contributions the anthropological literature and the ethnographic case studies of two post‐Hurricane Mitch housing reconstruction sites make to the theorising of community and resilience in post‐disaster reconstruction.