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Resilience and post-disaster recovery: a critical reassessment of anticipatory strategies, 'build back better' and capacity building.

Special issue call for papers from Disaster Prevention and Management

Beyond international news, which is increasingly addressing the issue of post-disaster reconstruction, the concept of resilience and highlighting the increasing cost of climate change related disasters, international institutions are also seizing the subject, and introducing a new injunction: the build back better.
At the same time, international research also focuses its analysis on this specific period of risk management, particularly through questions about the territories and societies development trajectories and through concepts such as adaptation, coping skills and resilience.
Resilience is a concept that is the subject of much research and publications, but the post-disaster period, from the end of the crisis to the long-term development, is relatively untreated compared to other periods such as prevention or crisis management.
Indeed, the post-disaster period has so far never been the subject of a entire book or a special issue of a magazine. Journals have more and more articles on the subject, especially since 2005 (Hoygo then Sendai Framework and major disasters such as the South East Asia Tsuanmi in 2004 or Katrina in 2005 for example), but the subject is treated most of the time in a fragmented way, the idea here is to propose a vision as holistic as possible within a dedicated special issue.
The originality of the proposed issue lies, in the first place, in this post-disaster focus by analyzing its temporal, territorial, social and political dimensions.


We wish to highlight the research work on post-disaster reconstruction, especially those that propose a long-term approach and develop anticipatory strategies to advance research by reworking concepts in different a geographical, temporal and social context than the one in which they are usually treated. From a more operational point of view, we aim to present research strongly anchored in a specific territory which maintains a strong link with the stakeholders and managers.
A list of potential themes may include:
•    Post-disaster recovery anticipation (Paris, France), BBB injonction in case of critical network
•    Links between the ability to cope, vulnerability and resilience based on an investigation realized in Caribean area (French Antilles and Haïti)
•    The urban climate resilience policy in Vietnam
•    Comparaison between the disaster planing of Seattle and Paris

Submission Guidelines

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

September 2019: Submission deadline
May 2020: Publication date

Contact Details

Please get in touch with the Editorial team if you have any questions

Annabelle Moatty,
University of Paris,
[email protected]

Magali Reghezza,
Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris,
[email protected]

Edwige Dubos-Paillard,
University of Paris
[email protected]