Opinion Paper

Reflective practitioners: The importance of critical thought for change agents

Terry Gibson
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 7, No 1 | a128 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v7i1.128 | © 2015 Terry Gibson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 March 2014 | Published: 27 February 2015

About the author(s)

Terry Gibson, Global Network for Disaster Reduction, London, United Kingdom


Investment of resources in international development continues to grow, but evidence suggests that progress is patchy and that parameters such as losses resulting from disasters of all scales continue to grow. It is suggested that critical thought and reflection, as an adjunct to action, is vital for both individuals and organisations concerned for social development. It is further argued that disruption is often required in order to dynamically pursue transformation of structures and institutions in order to secure progress towards sustainable livelihoods.


transformation, disaster risk reduction, disruption, social movements


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