Positioning Disaster Justice within the Sphere of Disaster Risk Governance: A stepping Stone towards Exploring Disaster Justice

  • Anuradha Senanayake (Speaker)
  • Amaratunga, D. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Haigh, R. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Abstract: The frequent occurrence of disasters in the contemporary world has challenged the lives of people around the world. While vulnerabilities in the field of disasters have been commonly studied, the introduction of the concept ‘disaster justice’ has emphasized that disasters in fact accelerate already existing vulnerabilities in a society. Disaster justice is a claim towards the governance of disaster contexts to handle its unequal impacts. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction emphasizes the importance of disaster risk governance as one of its four priorities. In this vein, this study is an investigation of the concept of disaster justice within the sphere of disaster risk governance, with the main objective of investigating the elements of disaster risk governance that compliments disaster justice. This secondary data-based study was conducted in two stages. First, a systematic literature review was conducted to explore the elements of disaster justice. In the second stage, a thematic mapping exercise was conducted in order to recognise the coherence between disaster risk governance and elements of disaster justice. Accountability, representation and recognition were utilised as main domains of disaster justice as per the framework of Shreshta et al.(2019). The findings conclude that the coherence between disaster risk governance and the disaster justice lies in the thematic orientations of eradication of poverty, people, climate change, regional cooperation, stakeholders, overall engagement, laws and regulations, and finance and technology.
Period8 Dec 2022
Event titleUnited Kingdom Alliance for Disaster Research Conference 2022: Disaster Research and Innovation at a Time of Global Uncertainty
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational