Queer vulnerability & resilience to natural disasters

Kieran Higgins, Claire Kilpatrick, Seth Atkin, Stephan Dahl

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review


So-called “natural disasters” have devastating impacts on society, and the increase in the frequency and intensity of these disasters due to climate change means the impact of these are an increasingly salient concern to all. However, previous research has shown the disproportionate impacts of said disasters on marginalised populations, including the queer community, who are vulnerable to these impacts before, during and after. Through the framework of social constructionism, this paper explores how we as a society create inequity for queer people, respond to disasters without inclusion and recover from them with exclusion is what makes them a disaster, and an unnatural one at that. The paper also looks to the queer community and their acts of resilience as a lever to recast them from the role of victim, whilst acknowledging the limitations and sometimes harmful impact of expecting individuals and groups to be resilient in the face of such disasters.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2023
Event7th UCU LGBT+ Research Conference: Proud / Loud / Heard... ? Exploring LGBT+ identity, being and experiences - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 May 202319 May 2023


Conference7th UCU LGBT+ Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Gender Studies


Dive into the research topics of 'Queer vulnerability & resilience to natural disasters'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this