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What causes disasters: Implications of language for understanding causality and impact

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  • UserDr Steven Forrest (University of Hull) Dr Ksenia Chmutina (Loughborough University) Peter McGowran (King’s College London)
  • ClockMonday 07 February 2022, 15:00-16:00
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The session focuses on the dilemmas of language in defining and/or using the terminology of a disaster, and the implications that this may have on people’s understanding of causality and who is impacted by natural hazard events. Questions explored by the speakers will include: who defines when a disaster becomes a disaster, and does everyone impacted consider the event to be a disaster? Additionally, why is there a need to move away from the term ‘natural disasters’ and viewing disasters as one off-events?

This talk is part of the Cambridge Disaster Research Network series.

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