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Post-disaster reconstruction-what does it mean to rebuild with resilience?

MacAskill, K and Guthrie, P (2015) Post-disaster reconstruction-what does it mean to rebuild with resilience? In: Applications of Systems Thinking and Soft Operations Research in Managing Complexity: From Problem Framing to Problem Solving. UNSPECIFIED, pp. 107-129.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016. All rights reserved. There is a growing awareness that we live in times of uncertainty and change; this is fuelling increased consciousness of city and community vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards. In recent years the concept of resilience- the ability to both withstand and recover from a "shock"-has become a core term in international, national and local policy for urban development. Because resilience has been adopted in a range of decision-making contexts, various interpretations of the concept are potentially confusing for those attempting to adopt it in their own decision making. To help provide clarity, this chapter presents a framework that captures different interpretations of resilience as a concept to frame decisions for disaster risk reduction in our communities and cities. This framework acknowledges that resilience is a trans-disciplinary concept; its purpose is to help create a coherent understanding of how sector-specific applications of resilience lie within a broader conception of resilience in disaster risk management. More specifically, the framework is used to examine how resilience is considered in the post-earthquake reconstruction of infrastructure networks in Christchurch, New Zealand. There is still much to learn from case studies of post-disaster recovery, where the recovery environment introduces different and perhaps unfamiliar levels of complexity in decision-making compared to business as usual planning and development.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:40
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 07:50