Postgraduate Dissertation

Genderquake: The impact of the 2010 Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami on Sexual and Gender Minorities


Sexual and gender minorities are largely invisible within disaster studies and continuously discriminated against in disaster risk reduction strategies. Consequently, the social inequality and exclusion they face can render them to extremely vulnerable post-disaster situations. Through the analysis of their experiences during the 2010 Chilean earthquake and tsunami, the specific vulnerabilities of these minorities are explored, highlighting the intersectional vulnerability of female trans sex workers. Additionally, the social capital of these minorities is explored as an effective way to increase disaster resilience. This project provides a new context-lead study, maintaining that heteropatriarchal assumptions can further marginalize these groups in emergencies.

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Velez, Borja


Rights Holders: Velez, Borja
Supervisors: Akerkar, Supriya

Oxford Brookes departments

School of Architecture
Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Degree programme

MA Development and Emergency Practice



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