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Title: Humble geopolitics : rethinking natural hazards in South Iceland
Author: Nayeri, Cyrus
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 0103
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis is concerned with the ways that communities in South Iceland are negatively affected by their geologically active environment. I argue that contemporary theorisations of hazards in human geography retain a militaristic preoccupation with catastrophe, antagonism and annihilation that actively impedes a fuller attention to the ways that communities live with hazards. In this thesis, I develop a new set of theoretical concepts which together map out the dimensions of what I term a 'humble geopolitics' of natural hazards. Humble geopolitics draws attention to the complex spatio-temporal, non- catastrophic dimensions of geo-tectonic hazards and brings into relief the partialities of official programmes of hazard management in Iceland. I show the value of this reformulated geopolitics by working this concept through three empirical case studies that explore the role of a museum, citizen science and local community groups in catalysing experiences of earthly volatility and configuring modes of public response to it. These case studies illuminate the different space-times in which hazards are experienced, the diverse practices through which public participation is expressed and the different logics that underpin everyday modes of hazard governance. In the conclusion, I argue that this work opens up important new avenues for the geographical study of natural hazards, human geography more broadly, and for disaster risk reduction policy.
Supervisor: Lorimer, Jamie ; Greenhough, Beth ; Kama, Kärg Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Geography