We are working on edited volume on with a tentative title :

Tentative Title of book:   

Regional Politics, Power and Disaster Governance: Evidence from South Asia

South Asia region is a dynamic but disjointed region. Disaster and climate resilient development’ is rapidly becoming a common phrase for catch-all for tackling disaster and climate change impacts in a development context in South Asian countries. A regional political will that implements Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management policies across the region is the key to build a resilient South Asia. ‘Resilient’ is a commonly used word, most popularly used to signify the ability to return quickly to a previous (and good) condition. In contrast, academic resilience thinking has multiple and diverse meanings, traversing a number of disciplines and communities of practice

  1. Short description of the manuscript

In the book we are not, only interested in individual countries are able to deal with individually but what can be achieved South Asia as a region? The proposed book is a collective effort of interdisciplinary and established south Asian and Canada researchers on disasters and epidemics. They represent the Canada Asia Research Collective. The authors published individually and jointly on the theme in the past. This book is a revised and more comprehensive regional effort that provides regional and transnational insights to investigate how the governments, communities and civil society in the South Asia are (un)able to respond to disasters and epidemics? What are the politics of disaster policies and programs? How to build a resilience south Asia?  

By answering these questions, we have tried to shape this book that breaths practical approach in to the policy choices though its organization, structure and the choices we made about including different perspectives and modes of writing. Editors and authors have each come from different disciplines (from social work, nursing, development studies), cultures, and institutional contexts within the region. There is no other book as of now provides this view about disasters and epidemic management in the region.

As authors, we have sought to explicitly highlight and engage diversity in addressing the theme of this book. This includes first person reflections, augmented by earlier work published by authors and other peers and interviews with policy makers illustrating the dynamic process of intention critique and refinement. In each chapter, we invite the reader to reflect on and reframe the ways in which the insights of this book supports and sustains further discourses to shape policies.  The inclusion of questions, activities, and exercises will actively engage the reader (we fore see a diverse readers from students to practitioners and policy makers) to reflect, revise, reframe and take action. We hope that this book supports both as classroom resource as well for reference and advocacy work.

Content list or outline

Chapter 1 Introduction: Is building a disaster resilient developmental South Asia Possible?  

Chapter 2 Nepal 2015 earthquakes:  Is building back better is possible?

Chapter 3 Is Bangladesh, a country made for disaster resilience?.

Chapter 4 Pakistan:  Coping with natural disasters: the role of adaptive social protection

Chapter 5 India: Policy development in disaster preparedness and management

Chapter 6 Sri Lanka: Women as risk managers in 2004 Tsunami disaster

Chapter 7 Concluding Chapter: Building a Resilient South Asia is Possible, natural disasters, regional relations and political change in South Asia b