Risky Cities

My book Risky Cities: The Physical and Fiscal Nature of Disaster Capitalism examines how cities deal with different types of risks. Increasingly, disaster is of great concern to city dwellers, policymakers, and builders. However, disaster risk is also important to corporations, financiers, and investors. Risky Cities is about how capitalism profits from the threat of sinkholes, garbage, and fire. Notably, capitalist city-building results in the physical transformation of nature. This necessitates risk management strategies –such as insurance, environmental assessments, and technocratic mitigation plans. As such, capitalists redistribute risk by relying on short-term fixes to disaster risk rather than addressing long-term vulnerabilities.