ABSTRACT

Readers are probably aware that the paths of the authors have crossed and come together at several points over the last 30 years. A shared togetherness is a politics of equity of opportunity that basically has at its core a commitment to poverty alleviation at local, national and international levels. The successful delivery of poverty alleviation requires a commitment to building sustainable livelihoods, something that we have addressed throughout our 30 years of work. This core is informed by a shared background in science and technology, particularly energy technologies; this sharing obviously brings us to the problems that these technologies have caused, especially the problem of climate change. Climate change itself is a wicked problem where the question seems simple but the answers are multiple, complex and contradictory. The core argument for us about climate change is not simply the change in temperature and precipitation but the increase in extreme events. What we are talking about is increased storm, flood and drought episodes, so-called natural hazards, which can only really be addressed if we understand the vulnerability of the people affected by the event. Understanding vulnerability encouraged us to believe that it is possible to embark on DRR strategies, which in turn encourages detailed exploration of both adaptation and mitigation projects. Core to DRR is the exploration of people’s resilience.