Jason von Meding is an expert in how disaster affects people. Since 2005 he has questioned how the government, universities and corporations communicate with the public about disasters and risk. His research focuses on the injustices and inequalities that are foundational to our social system, and how disasters unveil society and show us what needs to change. At its core, his intellectual pursuits are interrogating what a sustainable social/political/economic future would look like and demonstrating that we are not on such a pathway.
Industry Expertise (4)
Architecture and Planning
Construction - Commercial
Construction - Residential
Areas of Expertise (5)
Disaster and Public Health Preparedness
Natural Disaster Assessment
Disaster Risk Reduction
Media Appearances (5)
Let Haiti Lead its Own Recovery
Colonization. Invasion and occupation. Brutal dictators receiving international support. Coups and political meddling. Ineffective aid. This is how outside power has been enforced on Haiti.
Reframing Vulnerability as a Condition of Potential
The Arrow online
Scholars most often frame vulnerability as a condition with an implied likelihood of violence or other harm. They classify “the vulnerable” as people who lack resources, face hardships, are marginalized in society, and generally need help. Such vulnerable people are said to suffer disproportionately in disaster events.
The idea of a ‘natural’ disaster is going up in flames
Another factor: money. “There’s a lot more profit in focusing on fighting against nature than in fighting against social inequality,” said Jason von Meding, an associate professor at the University of Florida, and companies and research institutions take advantage of it. “More sea walls, better mapping or hazard monitoring isn’t going to solve those social problems,” he said, “and yet most of our funding is going to technological innovation.”
Mining and dams exacerbated devastating Kerala floods
Jason von Meding, who studies disaster risk reduction at the University of Newcastle in Australia, says the government should explain why it rejected the Gadgil-committee report, which emphasized the need to curb development excesses and focus on conservation. “Uncontrolled mining, dam construction, deforestation and poorly planned construction have multiplied the risk of flooding and landslides in recent years,” he says.
Chemical attacks on Iran: When the US looked the other way
Jason von Meding, a senior lecturer at Australia’s University of Newcastle, who has studied the use of chemicals during warfare, including the Vietnam War, said the US-led air attacks only delayed the arrival of inspectors in Douma and the gathering of evidence, which is critical for any prosecution.
Drivers of Applying Ecological Modernization to Construction Waste Minimization in New South Wales Construction IndustryConstruction Economics and Building
Sulala Al-Hamadani, et al.
The application of ecological modernization (EM) (to delink industry growth from environmental damage) to minimize construction waste has not been explored within the construction industry in general, and the New South Wales (NSW) construction industry in particular. This study seeks to identify the drivers of applying EM to construction waste minimisation (CWM) in the industry. Also, to determine the CWM measures that are critical for each of the drivers.
Integrating international linguistic minorities in emergency planning at institutions of higher educationNatural Hazards
Amer Hamad Issa Abukhalaf and Jason von Meding
Research concerning the behavior of international linguistic minorities at institutions of higher education during disasters is very limited. Many international groups suffer from discrimination based on language (linguicism) during disasters—their stories are not being told, and their voices are not being heard.
Flood risk assessment using deep learning integrated with multi-criteria decision analysisKnowledge-Based Systems
Binh Thai Pham, et al.
In this paper, we proposed a novel approach for flood risk assessment, which is a combination of a deep learning algorithm and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). The framework of the flood risk assessment involves three main elements: hazard, exposure, and vulnerability. For this purpose, one of the flood-prone areas of Vietnam, namely Quang Nam province was selected as the study area.
Climate change adaptation across businesses in Australia: interpretations, implementations, and interactionsEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
Giuseppe Forino and Jason von Meding
Climate change and associated processes can increase the occurrence of some natural hazards and threaten business operations. Therefore, it is widely recommended businesses respond to climate change and implement climate change adaptation. Worldwide, businesses make efforts towards climate change adaptation, but investigation on such efforts is still required. To partially fill this research gap, the paper explores businesses adaptation efforts in the Hunter Valley, Australia.
Traditional water knowledge: challenges and opportunities to build resilience to urban floodsInternational Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Rumana Asad, et al.
Urban flooding in developing countries of the Global South is growing due to extreme rainfall and sea-level rise induced by climate change, as well as the proliferation of impervious, built-up areas resulting from unplanned urbanisation and development. Continuous loss of traditional knowledge related to local water management practices, and the de-valuing of such knowledge that goes hand-in-hand with globalised aspirations, is inhibiting flood resilience efforts.