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Professor Greg Bankoff

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Greg Bankoff

Professor in Environmental History


Fire risk reduction on the margins of an urbanizing world (2020)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G., Rush, D., Cooper-Knock, S., Gibson, L., Hirst, L., Jordan, S., …Walls, R. (in press). Fire risk reduction on the margins of an urbanizing world. Disaster Prevention and Management,

Globally, over 95% of fire related deaths and injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries. Within informal settlements, the risk of fire resulting in injury or death is particularly high. This paper examines fire risks in informal settlements... Read More about Fire risk reduction on the margins of an urbanizing world.

Archaeological and historical insights into the ecological impacts of pre-colonial and colonial introductions into the Philippine Archipelago (2020)
Journal Article
Amano, N., Bankoff, G., Findley, D. M., Barretto-Tesoro, G., & Roberts, P. (in press). Archaeological and historical insights into the ecological impacts of pre-colonial and colonial introductions into the Philippine Archipelago. Holocene,

The tropical forests of the Philippine Archipelago are some of the most threatened in the 21st century. Among the most prominent threats are the introduction of new plant and animal species, as well as new forms of land management (e.g. plantations),... Read More about Archaeological and historical insights into the ecological impacts of pre-colonial and colonial introductions into the Philippine Archipelago.

Under the volcano: Mount Mayon and co-volcanic societies in the Philippines (2020)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2020). Under the volcano: Mount Mayon and co-volcanic societies in the Philippines. Environment and History, 2020(1), 7-29. https://doi.org/10.3197/096734019X15755402985532

Rich volcanic soils have long attracted human settlements which have traded the risk of eruption against the benefits of higher agricultural yields. Yet little research has been done on how societies have normalized the risks and adapted to living in... Read More about Under the volcano: Mount Mayon and co-volcanic societies in the Philippines.

What happened to the Second World? Earthquakes and postsocialism in Kazakhstan (2019)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G., & Oven, K. (in press). What happened to the Second World? Earthquakes and postsocialism in Kazakhstan. Disasters, 44, 2020(1), https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12362

There is an assumption that with the disintegration of the USSR the Second World ceased to exist. Yet the demise of the Communist bloc as a geopolitical reality did not mean that it ceased to exert a defining influence over how people think and behav... Read More about What happened to the Second World? Earthquakes and postsocialism in Kazakhstan.

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 about Remaking the world in our own image: vulnerability, resilience and adaptation as historical discourses.

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. https://doi.org/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 about Blame, responsibility and agency: “Disaster Justice” and the State in the Philippines.

Malaria, water management, and identity in the English lowlands (2018)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2018). Malaria, water management, and identity in the English lowlands. Environmental History, 23(3), 470-494. https://doi.org/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 about Malaria, water management, and identity in the English lowlands.

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