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Ebru Gencer [Turkey/USA]: The Interplay between Urban Development, Vulnerability, and Risk Management: A Case Study of the Istanbul Metropolitan Area. SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace, vol. 7. Mediterranean Studies No. 2 (Heidelberg – New York – Dordrecht – London: Springer-Verlag, 2013).

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Good urban planning and risk management practices can be a powerful catalyst for reducing losses from natural disasters while simultaneously helping to develop a sustainable environment. This book illustrates the crucial interplay between urban development, risk management and vulnerability from natural disasters with a theoretical overview and an in-depth case study in the earthquake prone city of Istanbul. The theoretical overview reviews the socio-economic, spatial and institutional factors that create disaster vulnerability in urban areas and examines various policy and programs in play for disaster risk reduction. The empirical case study in Istanbul begins by examining the role of urban development in creating the current socio-economic and spatial vulnerability in the city, and then continues with a study of urban and risk management activities following the 1999 Marmara Earthquakes in Turkey. The book concludes that the success of urban planning and risk management actions and policies not only lies on providing sustainable solutions to urban dynamics, but also on their execution with good governance in urban areas.

Contents Level » Research
Keywords: Disasters, Vulnerability, Urban Development, Istanbul, Risk Management

Contents: : Introduction - Natural Disasters, Urban Vulnerability and Risk Management: A Theoretical Overview - The Making of a Disaster: Earthquake Hazard and Urban Development in Istanbul- Post-Disaster Planning and Risk Management in Istanbul - Conclusion: Sustainable Urban Development and Good Urban Governance for Disaster Risk Reduction

Biography of the Author

Ebru Gencer Dr. Ebru Gencer is an urban planner specialized in disaster risk reduction and sustainable urban development (Ph.D, Columbia University, 2007). Recently, Ebru Gencer was the lead author of the Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management report prepared for the Government of the Dominican Republic by a team of Columbia University scientists and scholars. Previously, she was a researcher at Columbia University Quality Fund Project on Risk Assessment and Mitigation pto Metroolitan Areas, taught at Columbia University’s Urban Planning Program a graduate studio on Disaster Resilient Planing in Istanbul, and received a ProVention Consortium Applied Research Grant for Disaster Risk Reduction. Currently, Dr. Gencer is an associate researcher at FEEM (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei), a US National Delegate of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners), a member of RESURB (UNISDR Urban Planning Working Group) and a Euro-Mediterranean and Central America Caribbean think-tank member of the EU (FP7) CATALYST project. Among other scholarly publications, she is recently author of: “Globalization and Disaster Risks: A theoretical and quantitative study of the relationship.” Background paper prepared for the 2013 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva: UNISDR, 2013).


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