Natural Disasters and Violent Conflicts

Elisabeth King, John C. Mutter

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Comparisons between disasters and violent conflicts are often noted by political figures and in the news media, and those responding to conflicts and disasters witness similarities on the ground. In contrast, the academic fields studying violent conflicts and so-called natural disasters have developed separately, and practitioners usually separate the two phenomena as soon as the emergency response is over. This chapter, based on interviews with practitioners and a review of scholarly literature, makes a case for increased cross-disciplinary dialogue. We identify common consequences, responses, and even causes of conflicts and disasters. We argue that more and better partnerships between those who work on conflicts and those who work on disasters can lead to advances in understanding and responding to conflicts and disasters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHazards, Risks and, Disasters in Society
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780123964748
ISBN (Print)9780123964519
StatePublished - Nov 26 2014


  • Climate change
  • Conflict
  • Disaster
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Humanitarian
  • Peacebuilding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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