Making Cities Resilient - Special Themed issue of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE)

Tuesday 26 February 2013

We’ve just published a special issue entitled Making Cities Resilient: From Awareness to Implementation, which has stemmed from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) campaign on Making Cities Resilient.

This special issue (ISSN: 1759-5908) is edited by Helena Molin Valdés Director a.i., United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
 
To celebrate the launch of this issue, the journal is currently free to access! This free access runs until 31st March 2013. Simply log in to the table of contents using the following access details:
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Background to the themed issue

Cities and local governments need to get ready, reduce the risks and become resilient to disasters. For 2010 – 2015 and beyond, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) will campaign together with its partners for this to happen. "I call for the need of world leaders to address climate change and reduce the increasing risk of disasters- and world leaders must include Mayors, townships and community leaders", stated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2009).  In this context, the 2010-2015 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient” addresses issues of local governance and urban risk.

This themed issue of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment is for researchers and academics, policy makers and other professionals working with disaster prevention, mitigation, response and reconstruction responsibilities who wish to improve their working knowledge of both theory and practice in making cities resilient to disasters. All papers were  subjected to the journal’s double-blind peer review process.
 
Contents of the themed issue:

  • “Making Cities Resilient: From Awareness to Implementation”.  Guest Editorial by Helena Molin Valdés, Director a.i., United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)  
  • Negotiating community resilience in the city in a time of political change and deficit reduction, by Fuad Ali and Keith Jones
  • Implementation of Hyogo Framework for Action in Makati City, Philppines, by Yuki Matsuoka, Yukiko Takeuchi and Rajib Shaw
  • Social capital and sociological resilience in megacities context, by Barbara Lucini
  • Creating disaster resilient built environment in urban cities: role of local governments in Sri Lanka, by Chamindi Malalgoda, Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh
  • Framing responses to post-earthquake Haiti: how representations of disasters, reconstruction and human settlements shape resilience, by Gonzalo Lizarralde, Lisa Bornstein, Kevin Gould and Colin Davidson
  • A Framework to Construct Post-Disaster Housing, by Saumyang Patel and Makarand Hastak
  • News articles featuring the latest news on the Making Cities Resilient Campaign
  • Key findings of the Resilient Cities Report - Helena Molin Valdes, Patricia Holly Purcell
  • Embedding resilience into planning guidance - Helena Molin Valdes, Patricia Holly Purcell
  • International conference on building resilience – September 2013

 International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE) and the UNISDR “Making Cities Resilient Campaign”
International journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment is the leading acadmeic journal to promote research and scholarly activity associated with the UNISDR “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign.

In particular, it aims at developing the skills and knowledge of the built environment professions and will strengthen their capacity in strategic and practical aspects of disaster prevention, mitigation, response and reconstruction to mitigate the effects of disasters nationally and internationally.

The journal publishes original and refereed material that contributes to the advancement of the research and practice, and provides contributing authors with an opportunity to disseminate their research and experience to a broad audience. It is indexed in prestigious indexing services including SCOPUS.

The Journal is edited by Professors Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh from the Centre for Disaster Resileince, University of Salford, UK, which is a key partner of the UNISDR “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign. Editors are also the Advisory Panel members of the Campaign. 

Read more about the Journal and for paper submission details.