Gender and Disasters Needed Basic and Applied Research

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Brenda Phillips

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This perspective piece looks at how the specialized area of gender and disasters has unfolded and provides insights into transformative moments. The conditions that produced this specialization include the development of a network among disaster researchers interested in vulnerability reduction, the availability of funding after major disaster events, and the publication of specialized journals and volumes on the topic. The paper identifies substantive and practical routes for necessary research to enable the specialization to evolve further, to expand, and to allow for practical application. Understanding emanates from an emphasis on the social sciences which yield insights into social structures and social inequalities that underlie vulnerability while simultaneously masking capacity.

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