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The L'Aquila earthquake ten years on (2009-2019): impacts and state-of-the-art

Special issue call for papers from Disaster Prevention and Management

Guest Editors

Giuseppe Forino (University of Newcastle, Australia,
Fabio Carnelli (University of Milan-Bicocca,


Due to the recent occurrence of disruptive earthquakes in Italy (Emilia, 2012; Central Italy, 2016 and 2017) following the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009, both disaster scholars and social scientists (sociology, anthropology, geography) communities show a growing interest in understanding the medium and long term impacts of such earthquake and the related controversial recovery.  Furthermore, in both national and international journals there is a growing interest on issues related to other Italian earthquakes. Nevertheless, while a number of publications exists about the short-term impacts of the earthquake in L’Aquila, evidences are still necessary for providing a clear understanding of the long terms impacts by the recovery and reconstruction management on local communities, their everyday life, and their surrounding environment. 

Accordingly, this special issue aims to add to the existing body of knowledge on the L’Aquila earthquake a socially-centred perspective able to investigate issues broadly related to impacts on, and response by, the socio-cultural systems and its functioning. Theoretical and methodological findings for disaster research are also welcome. The call aims to collect perspectives from, but not limited to, disaster studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, political ecology, environmental history, and urban studies.



Submissions on topics relating but not limited to;

  • Long-term reconstruction impacts
  • Politics and policy in disaster recovery
  • Political ecology of recovery
  • Culture, local knowledge and recovery
  • Social Vulnerability
  • Disaster governance
  • Emergency/recovery and socio-psychological aspects
  • Land-use and land-use conflicts
  • Space, place, and urban planning
  • Community and urban resilience
  • Social/spatial/environmental justice
  • Risk communication
  • Housing studies and political economy
  • Social movements and recovery
  • Folklore studies, religion and recovery
  • Methodological and epistemological issues in disaster research


Submission deadline; 31st December 2017
Expected Publication Date: December 2018

Submission Information

Special Issue submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at