Using routine activity theory to inform a conceptual understanding of the geography of fire events

Corcoran, Jonathan, Zahnow, Renee and Higgs, Gary (2016) Using routine activity theory to inform a conceptual understanding of the geography of fire events. Geoforum, 75 180-185. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.07.015


Author Corcoran, Jonathan
Zahnow, Renee
Higgs, Gary
Title Using routine activity theory to inform a conceptual understanding of the geography of fire events
Journal name Geoforum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0016-7185
1872-9398
Publication date 2016-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.07.015
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 75
Start page 180
End page 185
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The cost of fire events can be devastating in human, emotional and financial terms. There is a growing realisation that geographical techniques can be used in cross-disciplinary approaches to gain an understanding of potential causation factors associated with such events. Despite this, the theoretical frameworks within which such research efforts are often couched have received relatively scant attention. Contrast this with literature concerned with the geography of crime where the application of routine activity theory in particular has been to the fore in studies concerned with providing a sound conceptual basis to understanding spatial and temporal analysis of crime events. This paper demonstrates the application of routine activity theory to understand the geography of fire events and identify ignition situations incited through behavioural regularities. Further, the paper illustrates the practical utility of routine activity theory and its extensions for designing targeted fire prevention, mitigation and response strategies.
Keyword Causation factors
Environmental criminology
Fire events
Fire prevention/response
Routine activity theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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