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Jason von Meding

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Dr Jason von Meding is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida and founding faculty of the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER). His research focuses on the social, political, economic and environmental injustice that causes people, across global societies but particularly in the developing world, to be marginalised and forced into greater risk of being impacted by disasters.

Research and Career[edit]

Jason obtained his PhD from the Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, where he also spent 3 years on faculty. He then moved to Australia as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle and led the Disaster and Development Research Group in the School of Architecture & Built Environment. In 2019 Jason moved to Florida and is now based at the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER) at the University of Florida.

Having accumulated a decade of research experience in disaster studies, Jason takes a critical approach to the field and continues to argue that disasters are socially constructed rather than natural events.[1]. Jason uses his work to draw attention to the fact that disasters can be combatted by looking at some of the reasons why people are vulnerable. He aims to make sure that people stop focusing on the earthquake or the flood or the tsunami as the cause of what they might think of as a ‘natural’ disaster.

Jason believes strongly in the need to explore new communication methods in order to reach a broader audience. His feature-length documentary DEVIATE is currently in production and brings together many of his core intellectual arguments about disasters through story. Jason is also a co-host of the Disasters: Deconstructed Podcast that reflects on human society from diverse disciplinary and ideological perspectives to understand the root causes of disasters.

Jason extensively published in The Conversation on the topics of disaster risk creation[2][3], marginalisation[4][5] [6]and politics of disasters[7][8]

Media appearance[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • I Pal, J von Meding, S Shrestha, I Ahmed, T Gajendran (eds.), 2019. An Interdisciplinary Approach for Disaster Resilience and Sustainability. Springer, ISBN 978-981-329-527-8 Search this book on .
  • K Chmutina, J Von Meding, 210. A Dilemma of Language:“Natural Disasters” in Academic Literature, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 10 (3), 283–292,[11]
  • SB Woldemariam, A Maguire, J von Meding, 2019.[12]
  • C Luu, J von Meding, 2018. Analyzing Flood Fatalities in Vietnam Using Statistical Learning Approach and National Disaster Database. Resettlement Challenges for Displaced Populations and Refugees, 197–205.[13]


  1. "Why natural disasters aren't all that natural". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  2. Prevatt, David O.; Meding, Jason von; Chmutina, Ksenia. "Risk rooted in colonial era weighs on Bahamas' efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  3. Forino, Giuseppe; Meding, Jason von; Du, Tien Le Thuy. "The Laos disaster reminds us that local people are too often victims of dam development". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  4. Meding, Jason von. "'Natural disasters' and people on the margins – the hidden story". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  5. T.M, Hang Thai; Meding, Jason von. "In Vietnam poverty and poor development, not just floods, kill the most marginalised". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  6. Forino, Giuseppe; Gaillard, J. C.; Meding, Jason von; Chmutina, Ksenia. "Grenfell Tower fire exposes the injustice of disasters". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  7. Meding, Jason von. "Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  8. Maguire, Amy; Meding, Jason von. "If you destroy it, they will come – climate change displacement and the Trump effect". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  9. Finetto, Nerina (5 December 2017). "Jason von Meding". Traces.Dreams.
  10. virtue, robert (NaN). "More to learn after historic natural disasters". ABC Newcastle NSW. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. Chmutina, Ksenia; von Meding, Jason (September 1, 2019). "A Dilemma of Language: "Natural Disasters" in Academic Literature". International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 10 (3): 283–292. doi:10.1007/s13753-019-00232-2 – via Springer Link.
  12. Woldemariam, Samuel Berhanu; Maguire, Amy; von Meding, Jason (2019). "Forced Human Displacement, the Third World and International Law: A Twail Perspective". Melbourne Journal of International Law. p. 248.
  13. Luu, Chinh; von Meding, Jason (February 15, 2019). Asgary, Ali, ed. Resettlement Challenges for Displaced Populations and Refugees. Springer International Publishing. pp. 197–205. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-92498-4_15 – via Springer Link. Search this book on

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