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Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: reframing, networking, and capacity-building


Bosomworth, K and Owen, C and Curnin, S, Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: reframing, networking, and capacity-building, Disasters, 41, (2) pp. 306-323. ISSN 0361-3666 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/disa.12196


The mounting frequency and intensity of natural hazards, alongside growing interdependencies between social-technical and ecological systems, are placing increased pressure on emergency management. This is particularly true at the strategic level of emergency management, which involves planning for and managing non-routine, high-consequence events. Drawing on the literature, a survey, and interviews and workshops with Australia’s senior emergency managers, this paper presents an analysis of five core challenges that these pressures are creating for strategic-level emergency management. It argues that emphasising ‘emergency management’ as a primary adaptation strategy is a retrograde step that ignores the importance of addressing socio-political drivers of vulnerabilities. Three key suggestions are presented that could assist the country’s strategic-level emergency management in tackling these challenges: (i) reframe emergency management as a component of disaster risk reduction rather than them being one and the same; (ii) adopt a network governance approach; and (iii) further develop the capacities of strategic-level emergency managers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, climate change adaptation, network governance, strategic-level emergency management
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Dr Christine Owen)
UTAS Author:Curnin, S (Dr Steven Curnin)
ID Code:109013
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-05-17
Last Modified:2019-09-27

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