A stakeholder approach to building community resilience: awareness to implementation

Burnside-Lawry, J and Carvalho, L 2016, 'A stakeholder approach to building community resilience: awareness to implementation', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, vol. 7, no. 1, 1, pp. 4-25.


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Title A stakeholder approach to building community resilience: awareness to implementation
Author(s) Burnside-Lawry, J
Carvalho, L
Year 2016
Journal name International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Article Number 1
Start page 4
End page 25
Total pages 22
Publisher Emerald
Abstract Purpose The paper aims to examine one local government's efforts to increase local-level engagement in building community disaster resilience. Presenting the empirical evidence of stakeholder engagement activities that increase risk awareness and encourage collective action, the study addresses a key priority for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Hyogo Framework for Action 2) to identify methods for increasing local-level implementation of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative, case study approach is used to explore the case in depth. A review of literature from the multidisciplinary areas of communication, social and political theory frames data collection and analysis. Data collection includes observation, document analysis and interviews with policymakers, practitioners and local stakeholders to document achievements and lessons learnt from all perspectives. Findings Preliminary results indicate that strong political leadership and inter-departmental coordination have contributed to engaging local-level participation in disaster risk reduction in the Municipality of Amadora, Portugal. Findings indicate that the implementation of a wide spectrum of public engagement initiatives has increased awareness of hazard risks amongst specific demographic groups and improved community and government capacity to identify and implement risk reduction strategies. Research limitations/implications As this study is a work-in-progress and data analysis is in the early stages, interview transcripts included in this paper are limited to members of the team and their Director, Amadora Town Councillor for Civil Protection Services. Practical implications It is commonly acknowledged that to date, achievements of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2010-2015 largely remain at the national level and have not reached local levels in a substantial manner. Addressing the need for more industry-led research to explore
Subject International and Development Communication
Communication Studies
Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Risk management
Stakeholders
Communication
Sustainable development
United Nations
Disaster risk reduction
DOI - identifier 10.1108/IJDRBE-07-2013-0028
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