Part I Introduction: paradigm of risk, Mark Pelling. Part II Global processes and environmental risk: does global environmental change cause vulnerability to disaster?, Neil Adger and Nick Brooks; changes in capitalism and global shifts in the distribution of hazard and vulnerability, Ben Wisner; gender, disaster and development, Maureen Fordham; disasters, costs and adaptation in developed and developing countries, Mohammed Dore and David Etkin. Part III International exchange and vulnerability: changing actors - NGOs and the private sector, Ian Christoplos; disaster diplomacy, Ilan Kelman; the insurance industry - can it cope with catastrophe?, Julian E. Salt. Part IV Local contexts and global pressures: the social construction of disaster in UK and Egypt, Jacqueline Homan; prevention or cure for catastrophic events? - landslide at La Josefina, Ecuador, Arthur Morris; community-level disaster mitigation - the Philippines, Katrina Allen; flood management and regime change in the Netherlands and Bangladesh, Jerome Warner; unresolved development challenges - the Marmara earthquake, Turkey, Alp Ozerdem; ecological reconstruction of the upper Yangtze River, China, Chen Guojie. Part V Conclusion: emerging concerns, Mark Pelling.