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HRD Disasters and Changes in Society and Politics – Bath Spa University

Disasters and Changes in Society and Politics: Contemporary Perspectives from Italy

Wednesday 24 January, 2024 – Wednesday 24 January, 2024
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Part of the Hazard, Risk and Disaster (HRD) Research Lecture Series 2023-24.

After a disaster, tangible and intangible changes happen in society, politics, and organizations. Changes occur in the ways social structures mediate and organize their relationships with the environment; in political narratives and discourses; in conflicts and interactions of different knowledges, as well as in organizations' practices.

Recovering from a disaster is therefore an “adaptive” process that negotiates the tensions between the re-establishment of pre-disaster conditions and the alterations following the disaster. Exploring and understanding these issues is key for critically interrogating disasters and their consequences and avoiding simplified analyses and misconceptions.

In this lecturer, Giuseppe Forino will discuss these issues in the case of Italy, using as a point of reference the arguments developed in his recently published book Disasters and Changes in Society and Politics, Contemporary Perspectives from Italy (Bristol University Press, 2024).

About the speaker

Giuseppe Forino is Lecturer in Planning at University of Salford, Manchester. Giuseppe is an interdisciplinary human geographer working on disaster risk, climate change adaptation, policies and governance. He has conducted fieldwork in Europe, Australia, South East Asia and Ecuador.

Beyond journal papers, Giuseppe has written for The Conversation and has edited three books, including: Multiple Geographical Perspectives on Hazards and Disasters (with L.M. Calandra and A. Porru) (Valmar, 2014), Governance of Risk, Hazards and Disasters: Trends in Theory and Practice (with S. Bonati and L.M. Calandra) (Routledge, 2018), and the recent Disasters and Changes in Society and Politics. Contemporary Perspectives from Italy (Bristol University Press, 2024). Giuseppe is Associate Editor of International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

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