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Preparing for disaster: a comparative analysis of education for critical infrastructure collapse

Kitagawa, K and Preston, J and Chadderton, C (2017) 'Preparing for disaster: a comparative analysis of education for critical infrastructure collapse.' Journal of Risk Research, 20 (11). pp. 1450-1465. ISSN 1366-9877

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This article explores policy approaches to educating populations for potential critical infrastructure collapse in five different countries: the UK, the US, Germany, Japan and New Zealand. ‘Critical infrastructure’ is not always easy to define, and indeed is defined slightly differently across countries – it includes entities vital to life, such as utilities (water, energy), transportation systems and communications, and may also include social and cultural infrastructure. The article is a mapping exercise of different approaches to critical infrastructure protection and preparedness education by the five countries. The exercise facilitates a comparison of the countries and enables us to identify distinctive characteristics of each country’s approach. We argue that contrary to what most scholars of security have argued, these national approaches diverge greatly, suggesting that they are shaped more by internal politics and culture than by global approaches.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: preparedness, preparedness education, critical infrastructure, critical infrastructure collapse, disaster, comparative
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 13:03
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:46

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