Resilience to Hazards

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Photo: Country Fire Authority
Photo: Country Fire Authority

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This project, currently under development, will begin on 1 July 2017. It will investigate two complementary areas of research relating to the long term recovery of communities after a disaster. The first area looks at community connectedness from the perspective of people who move home often and live in different locations, and the role this plays in both their, and the communities, social recovery after an emergency. The second area will use case studies to examine the enablers and barriers to successful recovery, looking at natural, cultural, human, social, political, built and financial capital.

This project, currently under development, will begin on 1 July 2017. It will address two complimentary areas of research relating to the long term recovery of communities after a disaster.

The first area looks at community connectedness from the perspective of people who move home often and live in different locations, and the role this plays in both their, and the communities, social recovery after an emergency. This question will be addressed by considering

  1. Why do people move?
  2. How does their history of mobility play out in a disaster situation?
  3. How does it affect the social capital of the community that is left behind?
  4. How does it impact on the social capital of the community that is moved into?
  5. What can we learn from this in order to increase the social capital in these communities, since we know that connectedness plays a big part in social recovery after disaster?

The second area will use case studies to examine the enablers and barriers to successful recovery, looking at natural, cultural, human, social, political, built and financial capital. Examination of these assets through case studies and working with end-users will identify both potential areas for improvements as well as recognise what has worked well in recovering communities. This process will provide feedback and a guide for the planning of recovery activities in a range of communities.

22 March, 2017
An exciting new direction of natural hazards research in Australia is set to begin, with seven new Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC projects beginning in July. These new projects, covering coastal management, emergency management capability, land use planning and recovery, are part of the next phase of national research into natural hazards.

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