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Addressing the resilience-community dynamic: climate change adaptation, natural disaster management and the need for policy resilience


Nakamura, A and Crowley, K, Addressing the resilience-community dynamic: climate change adaptation, natural disaster management and the need for policy resilience, Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment [IAIA], 11-14 May 2016, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, pp. 1-7. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Resilience is now a widely considered term in various fields of study, including engineering, ecology, social science, psychology and public policy (Adger 2000). Our focus here is upon clarifying the meaning of resilience in the applied fields of climate change adaptation policy (CCAP), and natural disaster management (NDM). We argue that the critical resilience-community dynamic is problematic and unclear, not least because of a lack of theoretical clarity with respect to the meaning of the term ‘resilience’ in social contexts, global-local contexts, and in the context of public policy and preparedness. This dynamic needs addressing with some urgency given climate adaptation challenges and the heightened occurrence of natural disasters around the world including bush fires, flooding and earthquakes in recent times (Petra and Kathleen 2010). We are interested not only in definitional clarity of the term resilience for society in general (Nelson R et al., 2007), but also what resilience means for public policy development and practice. This paper firstly considers interpretations of the ‘resilience’ concept and, following a review of relevant literature, defines resilience in the contexts of CCAP and NDM. It addresses a number of common policy issues in relation to CCAP and NDM that have emerged in the literature, and recommends an adaptation of the policy cycle and further development of policy resilience theory in order to move towards social and community resilience.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Environmental politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nakamura, A (Dr Akihiro Nakamura)
UTAS Author:Crowley, K (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:110179
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-07-18
Last Modified:2017-06-23
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