Essay - Special Collection: Framing and modelling disaster risk

Do we need to reframe risk once again?

Ian Christoplos, John Mitchell
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 15, No 1 | a1587 | DOI: | © 2023 Ian Christoplos, John Mitchell | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 August 2023 | Published: 22 November 2023

About the author(s)

Ian Christoplos, Danish Institute for International Studies, Strandgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
John Mitchell, British Red Cross, United Kingdom


Twenty years ago we wrote an article entitled ‘Re-framing risk: The changing context of disaster mitigation and preparedness’. We sought to summarise the changes that were underway at the time in the discourse on disaster risk. At the time the article was seen as rather provocative as it sought to summarise the way that new perspectives were emerging in how we perceived risk. Ben Wisner nudged us to reflect on what happened to that reframing and whether it may be time to re-frame things once again. This reflection has led to several streams of thought.


disaster mitigation; preparedness; discourse; reframing; jargon


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