Call for proposals: «DEMOCRACY, DISASTERS & GOVERNANCE», ed. Sara Bonati, Lina M.Calandra, Giuseppe Forino



Routledge book series on

Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate

edited by Ilan Kelman

Book Proposed Abstract:


Sara Bonati, Lina M. Calandra, Giuseppe Forino (eds.)

Routledge publisher called for a new research book series on Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change, edited by Ilan Kelman. It calls for (co-)authored and (co-)edited proposals that should, ideally, contain contributors and examples from a range of geographic locations and well established scholars, and that investigates the links among hazards, disasters and climate change.
Sara Bonati, Lina M. Calandra and Giuseppe Forino have prepared a draft proposal titled Democracy, Disasters and Governance, as you will see below. For ensuring a more effective proposal to the publisher, we would also submit a potential outline of the book. Therefore, we are contacting scholars potentially interested in publishing on these topics, and we would invite you to contribute a chapter in the upcoming edited book.
Obviously, this is just a proposal, and it is not sure it will be accepted for publication. However, we consider as an added value the support of experts like you to submit a valuable proposal to cover this important research area.
In this way, if you are genuinely interested in an eventual participation in our edited book, we will be very happy to consider your manuscript.
We ask you to suggest:

a) a potential title of your contribution;

b) the Section your contribution could be part of;

c) a short abstract (about 200-300 words) with a description of aims, methodology and expected results.

The deadline for proposals is September 30th.

Once the proposal will be hopefully accepted, we will contact you asking to submit your full original chapter in about 6 months.
We hope the time investment in this proposal would be a relatively short one, as you might already have drafts ready. We look forward to work with you. Please direct all inquiries regarding the Handbook and your abstract proposal to,,

Best wishes,
Sara, Lina and Giuseppe


*Book Abstract:


Sara Bonati, Lina M. Calandra, Giuseppe Forino

This is an invited, edited volume from scholars across all disciplines engaging with multidisciplinary articulations of disaster management. It analyses theoretically, empirically and critically the interdependence among democracy, disasters and governance, and includes worldwide case studies.
According to Beck’s theory on “risk society”, local and global dynamics are intertwined, and contribute to frame new social, environmental and political risks in future scenarios of places and countries. Within this context, local communities are requiring new mitigation, adaptation and resilience processes in disasters. Based on these statements, recognizing the strict link of disaster management with democracy implies also to reflect on the emergence of governance strategies able to integrate local communities in governing places.
In order to highlight the most recent trends in disaster studies, the volume asks for contributions which critically read, analyse and discuss local, integrative and inclusive strategies of disaster
Section A of this book investigates the theoretical and conceptual framing of the complex relationships among democracy and disasters. According to Amartya Sen’s assumption that “a country does not have to be deemed fit for democracy; rather, it has to become fit through democracy”, this section discusses if and how the “democratisation” of disaster management can contribute to increase its effectiveness, and if and how disaster management can strengthen or neglect the democratic functioning of local systems.

Section B focuses on the multiple models of risk and disaster governance. It explores multi-scalar and multi-level approaches to governance, as well as it discusses strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities of multi-stakeholders approach, inclusiveness and participation processes, and the
role of democracy in the governance of disasters.

Last section (section C) is mainly empirical and investigates significant worldwide case studies, which refer to the exchange of experiences between local and scientific communities and to communityled and place-based approaches.

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