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Reflections : Resolving conflicting demands within disaster risk and recovery

Davis, Ian LU (2016) In Environmental Hazards 15(3). p.269-278
Abstract

This ‘reflection’ describes conflicting experiences, drawn from the author’s career in varied aspects of disaster risk management and recovery (1973–2016) delving into his memory, Ian Davis explores conflicts he has felt in four parallel roles he has adopted as architect, NGO board member, academic and the personal challenges he has faced working within the humanitarian sector. After describing these encounters, some practical solutions are suggested. The reflection concludes with a suggestion that at the root of these conflicts there is a need for people working in the humanitarian field to become more accountable in a downward direction towards those they seek to serve, who often lack power and influence. These include an architect’s... (More)

This ‘reflection’ describes conflicting experiences, drawn from the author’s career in varied aspects of disaster risk management and recovery (1973–2016) delving into his memory, Ian Davis explores conflicts he has felt in four parallel roles he has adopted as architect, NGO board member, academic and the personal challenges he has faced working within the humanitarian sector. After describing these encounters, some practical solutions are suggested. The reflection concludes with a suggestion that at the root of these conflicts there is a need for people working in the humanitarian field to become more accountable in a downward direction towards those they seek to serve, who often lack power and influence. These include an architect’s clients, the beneficiaries of an NGO’s concern, an academic’s students or trainees and more broadly an ethical challenge that the author strives after, to regard his work as a vocation, highlighting the need for service to others rather than self-promotion.

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conflicts, Disaster management, NGO, research
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Environmental Hazards
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15
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3
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10 pages
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Earthscan Publications Ltd.
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  • scopus:84981244311
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1747-7891
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10.1080/17477891.2016.1208075
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English
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  author       = {Davis, Ian},
  issn         = {1747-7891},
  keyword      = {conflicts,Disaster management,NGO,research},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {07},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {269--278},
  publisher    = {Earthscan Publications Ltd.},
  series       = {Environmental Hazards},
  title        = {Reflections : Resolving conflicting demands within disaster risk and recovery},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17477891.2016.1208075},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2016},
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