Edited books


Christopher Hobson, Paul Bacon and Robin Cameron (eds), Human Security and Natural Disasters (London: Routledge, 2014).

This volume applies a human security approach to considering the threat posed by natural disasters. In doing so, it also conceptually refines human security. It does so through developing its previously unexplored interdisciplinary potential. This volume explicitly seeks to bring the human security approach into conversation with contributions from a range of disciplines: development, disaster sociology, gender studies, international law, international relations, philosophy, and public health. Collectively these scholars unpack the “human” element of “natural” disasters. In doing so, an emphasis is placed on how pre-existing vulnerabilities can be gravely worsened, as well as the interconnected nature of human security threats. The book presents a variety of case studies that include the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2011 “triple disasters” in Japan.


Paul Bacon and Christopher Hobson (eds), Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disasters: Responding to the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis (London: Routledge, 2014).

This book applies the concept of human security to the specific case of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that struck Japan on 11 March 2011, which has come to be known as Japan’s ‘triple disaster’. This left more than 15,000 people dead, displaced more than 300,000, and was the most expensive natural disaster in recorded history. This volume illustrates the different forms of human insecurity that appeared and were exacerbated, as well as more encouraging signs of human empowerment and reform that have also occurred.

Christopher Hobson and Milja Kurki (eds), The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion (London: Routledge, 2011).

The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion explores the way in which the meaning, content and context of ‘democracy’ are interpreted by different actors in democracy promotion, and how these influence political decisions. Introducing a theoretically new approach to the study of democracy promotion, the volume shows how the alternate ways that democracy can be understood reflects specific interpretations of political and normative ideals, as well as being closely tied to social power relations, interests, and struggles between political actors. With original contributions from some of the most prominent specialists on democracy promotion and democratization, the book examines a number of concrete cases of democracy promotion and contestation over democracy’s meaning.