Inter-organisational characteristics of resilience in a post-disaster recovery context

Mulowayi, E, Coffey, V, Bunker, J and Trigunarsyah, B 2015, 'Inter-organisational characteristics of resilience in a post-disaster recovery context', in Jamie Mackee; Helen Giggins; Thayaparan Gajendran (ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Building Resilience, Newcastle, Australia, 15-17 July 2015, pp. 1-13.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Inter-organisational characteristics of resilience in a post-disaster recovery context
Author(s) Mulowayi, E
Coffey, V
Bunker, J
Trigunarsyah, B
Year 2015
Conference name 5th International Conference on Building Resilience
Conference location Newcastle, Australia
Conference dates 15-17 July 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Building Resilience
Editor(s) Jamie Mackee; Helen Giggins; Thayaparan Gajendran
Publisher University of Newcastle
Place of publication Callaghan, Australia
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Abstract During post-disaster recovery, an infrastructure system may be subject to a number of disturbances originating from several other interdependent infrastructures. These disturbances might result in a series of system failures, thereby having immediate impact on societal living conditions. The inability to detect signs of disturbance from one infrastructure during recovery might cause significant disruptive effects on other infrastructure via the interconnection that exist among them. In such circumstances, it clearly appears that critical infrastructures' interdependencies affect the recovery of each individual infrastructure, as well as those of other interdependent infrastructure systems. This is why infrastructure resilience needs to be improved in function of those interdependencies, particularly during the recovery period to avoid the occurrence of a 'disaster of disaster' scenario. Viewed from this perspective, resilience is achieved through an inter-organisational collaboration between the different organisations involved in the reconstruction of interdependent infrastructure systems. This paper suggests that to some extent, the existing degree of interconnectedness between these infrastructure systems can also be found in their resilience ability during post-disaster recovery. For instance, without a resilient energy system, a large-scale power outage could affect simultaneously all the interdependent infrastructures after a disaster. Thus, breaking down the silos of resilience would be the first step in minimizing the risks of disaster failures from one infrastructure to cascade or escalate to other interconnected systems.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Infrastructure resilience
post-disaster recovery
infrastructure interdependency
inter-organisational collaboration
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