Insufficient research attention is paid within the sciences, humanities and social sciences to the period following major emergencies or crisis ‘events’ associated with natural hazards, epidemics, technological hazards and armed conflicts. These are crucial phases for development, with deep implications for environmental and social justice, especially for the poor, marginalised and most vulnerable – whether or not they were directly exposed to harm during the event itself.
What happens when an immediate crisis event is over and the cameras turn away? What are the long-term material and on-material impacts, and how do responses continue to unfold over time? How do we define/delimit crisis periods, and how do major events interact with recurrent and secondary threats? How do ideas of recovery emerge during prolonged crises? How can the conditions that generate crises be tackled during the ‘recovery’ period, i.e. how can the reproduction of risk be avoided? How is all this conveyed and understood, and what are the implications of changes during this dynamic period for both the generation of risk and broader development goals?
These pages present a number of initiatives led by GEJ group members to drive forward and strengthen the international base for research and engagement on recovery from disasters and related crisis events that threaten people’s lives, livelihoods and wellbeing.
In the British Academy research briefing COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons for Recovery, GEJ group members have also drawn on lessons from previous research work to question and inform approaches to pandemic recovery.