Conference Main Theme

It is clear that efforts towards disaster risk reduction are simply not stemming the tide of new risk being created as a crisis of inequality deepens, both between countries and inside borders. Despite international frameworks and good intentions, many scholars argue that planetary boundaries are rapidly being approached or exceeded and that natural systems simply cannot support “development” at the pace observed since the 1950s.  

The creation of risk seems to have become inevitable within our current political, economic and societal systems. Overconsumption and the accumulation of power and resources is promoted by design. The 2019 i-Rec will explore ways of disrupting this status quo, particularly focusing on disaster recovery and reconstruction when opportunities for change abound. Unfortunately, the most opportunistic at these times are the profiteers of disaster and we must take up the challenge of how to position ourselves for positive change at the necessary time.

The central theme of disrupting the status quo will be explored through the sharing of the diverse research and practice of the i-Rec community. In addition to presentations under the tracks outlined below, there will be interactive panels, debates, soapbox rants, games and film screenings!

Conference Tracks: An alternative take on the 2030 Agenda

The conference will broadly align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the tracks will follow the 5 Ps; People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. Register your interest in one of the themes below.

A) People

- Disasters and human rights

- Inequality/disaster risk nexus

- Root causes of vulnerability

- Marginalised groups / invisible people

B) Planet


- Planetary boundaries in the Anthropocene/Capitalocene

- Decoupling - myth or reality

- Considering ecosystems in recovery and reconstruction

- Resistance movements for the environment

C) Prosperity

- Disaster risk creation / Disaster capitalism / Development-aid “business”

- Growth/Degrowth and disaster risk

- Neoliberalism and disaster recovery

- Land ownership, tenure and planning

D) Peace

- Forced displacement

- Military/prison industrial complex and disaster risk creation

- Post-colonialism: role in ‘resilience building’

- Confronting structural violence in disaster recovery

E) Partnership

- Political impediments to science impact

- Climate change denialism

- Corruption in recovery

- Resistance, revolt, community capacity and movements for change