Storms and fires are on the rise, in both quantity and severity, bringing disastrous consequences to lives and livelihoods. How do we deal with the storms, particularly with the loss of power? Maria Armoudian talks to Steve Matthewman and Julie MacArthur.

Steve Matthewman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. One of his research specialities is in the sociology of accidents and disasters. He has published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and is the author of Disasters, Risks and Revelation: Making Sense of Our Times. 

Dr Julie MacArthur is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. She specialises in environmental politics and policy, particularly in renewable energy policies. She has published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and is the author of Empowering Electricity: Co-operatives, Sustainability, and Power Sector Reform in Canada (Sustainability and the Environment).

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