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Remaking the world in our own image: vulnerability, resilience and adaptation as historical discourses (2018)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2018). Remaking the world in our own image: vulnerability, resilience and adaptation as historical discourses. Disasters, 43(2), 221-239. https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12312

A warming climate and less predictable weather patterns, as well as an expanding urban infrastructure susceptible to geophysical hazards, make the world an increasingly dangerous place, even for those living in high‐income countries. It is an opportu... Read More

Blame, responsibility and agency: “Disaster Justice” and the State in the Philippines (2018)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2018). Blame, responsibility and agency: “Disaster Justice” and the State in the Philippines. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 1(3), 363-381. doi:10.1177/2514848618789381

The notion of ‘disaster justice’, that is that governments have a responsibility to protect the vulnerable seems premised on a particular conception of the state that conforms to a Western liberal democratic model. Indeed, the failure of the state to... Read More

Malaria, water management, and identity in the English lowlands (2018)
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Bankoff, G. (2018). Malaria, water management, and identity in the English lowlands. Environmental History, 23(3), 470-494. doi:10.1093/envhis/emx137

Much of the eastern seaboard of England lying between East Yorkshire and the Pevensey Levels in Kent constitutes an English Lowlands, a distinctive region characterized by large areas of marsh and fen, and a subculture borne out of the vicissitudes a... Read More

Aeolian empires: the influence of winds and currents on European maritime expansion in the days of sail (2017)
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Bankoff, G. (2017). Aeolian empires: the influence of winds and currents on European maritime expansion in the days of sail. Environment and History, 23(2), 163-196. doi:10.3197/096734017X14900292921734

Historiography has paid insufficient attention to the influence of winds and currents. The rise of Western European states to global dominance and world empires from the sixteenth century is usually characterised as maritime but should more fittingly... Read More

Hazardousness of place : a new comparative approach to the Filipino past (2016)
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Bankoff, G. (2016). Hazardousness of place : a new comparative approach to the Filipino past. Philippine studies, historical & ethnographic viewpoints, 64(3-4), (335-357). doi:10.1353/phs.2016.0032. ISSN 2244-1093

The historiography of the Philippines has been largely bounded by the nation state that has defined how its past has been conceived and to whom its peoples are mainly compared. A more transnational environmental history, however, seeks to situate the... Read More

“Lahat para sa lahat” (everything to everybody): consensual leadership, social capital and disaster risk reduction in a Filipino community (2015)
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Bankoff, G. (2015). “Lahat para sa lahat” (everything to everybody): consensual leadership, social capital and disaster risk reduction in a Filipino community. Disaster Prevention and Management, 24(4), 430-447. doi:10.1108/DPM-04-2014-0063

Purpose – Effective leadership at the grassroots level can make a crucial difference to disaster risk reduction (DRR) at the local level. Guidance, however, is often not provided through the visible structures of local government but through alternat... Read More

In search of ‘lost’ knowledge and outsourced expertise in flood risk management (2015)
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Haughton, G., Bankoff, G., & J Coulthard, T. (2015). In search of ‘lost’ knowledge and outsourced expertise in flood risk management. Transactions - Institute of British Geographers, 40(3), (375-386). doi:10.1111/tran.12082. ISSN 0020-2754

This paper examines the parallel discourses of ‘lost’ local flood expertise and the growing use of commercial consultancies to outsource aspects of flood risk work. We critically examine the various claims and counter-claims about lost, local and ext... Read More

"Deep forestry": Shapers of the Philippine forests (2013)
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Bankoff, G. (2013). "Deep forestry": Shapers of the Philippine forests. Environmental History, 18(3), (523-556). doi:10.1093/envhis/emt037. ISSN 1084-5453

Little attention has been paid to writing a more inclusive forest history of the Philippines, one that combines a biocentric and anthropocentric focus. Deep forestry is an attempt to do just that. It shows how the forest was shaped by climate, soil,... Read More

The 'English lowlands' and the North Sea basin system: a history of shared risk (2013)
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Bankoff, G. (2013). The 'English lowlands' and the North Sea basin system: a history of shared risk. Environment and History, 19(1), (3-37). doi:10.3197/096734013X13528328438992. ISSN 0967-3407

The history of much of England is written in water. Water has not only shaped England's prosperity and external relations but it has also been a significant factor in fashioning its internal fabric. In particular, large areas of the eastern coastline... Read More

Storm over San Isidro: "Civic Community" and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Nineteenth Century Philippines (2012)
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Bankoff, G. (2012). Storm over San Isidro: "Civic Community" and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Nineteenth Century Philippines. Journal of historical sociology, 25(3), 331-351. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6443.2012.01422.x

Using a detailed archival account of a typhoon‐induced flood, this paper examines Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as practised in a late nineteenth century provincial town in the Philippines. Culture is an important determinant when considering DRR for... Read More

Flammable cities: urbanconflagration and the making of the modern world (2012)
Book
G. Bankoff, U. Lübken, & J. Sand (Eds.), (2011). Flammable cities: urbanconflagration and the making of the modern world

In most cities today, fire has been reduced to a sporadic and isolated threat. But throughout history the constant risk of fire has left a deep and lasting imprint on almost every dimension of urban society. This volume, the first truly global study... Read More

Social impact of the 2004 Manawatu floods and the 'hollowing out' of rural New Zealand (2011)
Journal Article
Smith, W., Davies-Colley, C., Mackay, A., & Bankoff, G. (2011). Social impact of the 2004 Manawatu floods and the 'hollowing out' of rural New Zealand. Disasters, 35(3), 540-553. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2011.01228.x

The Manawatu floods of 2004 have had significant, long-lasting social consequences. This paper draws on findings from a series of detailed surveys of 39 farm households directly affected by the floods and 17 individuals directly involved in managing... Read More

Diarists, Scientists, Imperialists and the Management of the Environment in the American Pacific, 1899-1902 (2009)
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Bankoff, G. (2009). Diarists, Scientists, Imperialists and the Management of the Environment in the American Pacific, 1899-1902. Journal of Pacific History, 44(3), 261-280. doi:10.1080/00223340903356849

They say first impressions always matter. Americans acquired an empire of tropical islands in the Pacific about which they knew little and cared even less. Yet they set to almost immediately to understand and harness these new environments for their... Read More

Breaking new ground? Gifford Pinchot and the birth of 'Empire forestry' in the Philippines, 1900-1905 (2009)
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Bankoff, G. (2009). Breaking new ground? Gifford Pinchot and the birth of 'Empire forestry' in the Philippines, 1900-1905. Environment and History, 15(3), (369-393). doi:10.3197/096734009X12474738236078. ISSN 0967-3407

Professional forest management in the Philippines is largely attributed to the ideas and endeavours of American foresters such as Gifford Pinchot, George Ahern and Henry Graves who were instrumental in establishing the Insular Bureau of Forestry in 1... Read More

The politics of risk in the Philippines: Comparing state and NGO perceptions of disaster management (2009)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G., & Hilhorst, D. (2009). The politics of risk in the Philippines: Comparing state and NGO perceptions of disaster management. Disasters, 33(4), 686-704. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2009.01104.x

It is now generally appreciated that what constitutes vulnerability to one person is not necessarily perceived as such by the next. Different actors ‘see’ disasters as different types of events and as a result they prepare for, manage and record them... Read More