Human security and disasters: a dialogue

This conference seeks to create a productive exchange of ideas between human security and disaster management. Human security seeks to reprioritize the central role of the state, instead locating people as the referent around which security is oriented. Security as much as it is a practice is also an existential condition, with people experiencing greater or lesser degrees of security and insecurity as they interact with political, social and natural events. Similarly in disaster management it is clear that disasters are primarily human events. The exposure of people and the vulnerability of communities to disaster events are key predictors in the level of disaster risk. Disaster risk reduction policies can thus equally address underlying conditions of social inequality and work towards a broader goal of human development. Given these shared goals, this conference will create dialogue on the differing methods and terminologies with a view to energizing the respective approaches to addressing conditions of human insecurity and vulnerability.

This conference will be addressing the central thematics:

  • Theorising resilience and security
  • Evaluating civil-military interaction after disaster or conflict
  • Addressing vulnerability and insecurity
Start By 1 June 2012
Completed By 1 January 2013
Funding RMIT Research Support
Researcher(s) John Handmer, Jeff Lewis, and Robin Cameron
Program Human Security and Disasters
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia