Researchers and practitioners in each of the fields and their intersections are at different points on the learning curve. Furthermore, the process of change is clearly not confined to a simple exchange of information but requires political will and, for some, a change in world-view. Despite the somewhat positive picture above of development's theoretical advances in the area of integration, it may be argued that the incorporation of a socially aware, gendered perspective exists largely at the level of rhetoric in the development studies/developing world context. But, I suggest, it has yet to reach even that point in practical disaster management in the developed world where the command and control model is dominant (Home Office 1998). Openness to what different disciplinary/professional perspectives have to offer is a beginning.