Design for Emergency Management

van Manen, Saskia M.; Jaenichen, Claudine; Kremer, Klaus; Lin, Tingyi S. and Ramírez, Rodrigo eds. (2024). Design for Emergency Management. Design Research for Change. Routledge.



Through a combination of theory, practice, and a range of interdisciplinary case studies, this book expands how we define and think about the critical role and relationship between design and emergencies. This role extends far beyond aesthetics: the book highlights the urgency of ensuring that a wide range of stakeholders and a diverse representation of the public come together to work toward preventing disasters.
Design in the context of disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and (wild) fires, provides new ways of looking at challenges. It contributes methods to actively engage communities in managing and minimizing disaster risk. Contributors present the latest research on how (collaborative) design and design thinking contribute to the development of processes and solutions to increase disaster literacy and decrease disaster risk for individuals and entire communities. Chapters highlight applied research and implementation of design and design thinking before, during, and after emergencies, resulting in a set of design guidelines derived from best practice.
The book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in emergency management, product and service design, strategic design, design research, co-design, social design, design for change, and human-centered design.

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