by Associate Professor Richard Hindmarsh, editor of a new book Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima Daiichi; Social,Political and Environmental Issues.

Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima Daiichiis at the forefront of critical inquiry into Fukushima. It provides a timely and ground-breaking account of the disturbing landscape of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown amidst an earthquake and tsunami on Japan’s north-east coastline on 11 March, 2011.

Riveting insights are made into the social and political landscape of nuclear power development in Japan, and its regulation and progress at all costs mentality, which significantly contributed to the disaster; the flawed disaster management options taken; and the political, technical, and social reactions as the accident unfolded.

In doing so, it critically reflects on the implications for managing future nuclear disasters, for effective and responsible regulation and good governance of controversial science and technology, or technoscience, and for the future of nuclear power itself, both in Japan and internationally.

Informed by a leading cast of international scholars in science, technology and society studies, the book discusses the Fukushima Daiichi disaster at the intersection of social, environmental and energy security and good governance when such issues dominate global agendas for sustainable futures.

Its insightful critique of the risks and hazards of nuclear energy alongside poor disaster management is an important counterbalance to the plans for nuclear rebuild as central to sustainable energy in the face of climate change, increasing extreme weather events and environmental problems, and diminishing fossil fuel, peak oil, and rising electricity costs.

Adding significantly to the consideration of and debate around these critical issues, the book will interest journalists, academics, policy-makers, energy pundits, public interest organizations, citizens and students engaged variously with Fukushima itself, disaster management, political science, environmental/energy policy and risk, public health, sociology, public participation, civil society activism, new media, sustainability, and technology governance.

Richard Hindmarsh is Associate Professor in the Griffith School of Environment and Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His field is environmental politics and policy and science, technology and society. He is co-founder of the dynamic Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network. He has produced seven books includingEdging towards BioUtopia: A New Politics of Reordering Life and the democratic Challenge (2008, University of Western Australia press), andGenetic Suspects(co-edited with Barbara Prainsack) (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Current research includes GM crops; renewable and nuclear energy; governance, community engagement; and sustainability transitions.

Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima Daiichi: Social, Political and Environmental Issues [2013, Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society, Routledge New York:]