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

Bosomworth, K, Own, C and Curnin, S 2017, 'Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: Reframing, networking, and capacity-building', Disasters, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 306-323.


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Title Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: Reframing, networking, and capacity-building
Author(s) Bosomworth, K
Own, C
Curnin, S
Year 2017
Journal name Disasters
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 306
End page 323
Total pages 17
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract 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.
Subject Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) climate change adaptation
network governance
strategiclevel emergency management
DOI - identifier 10.1111/disa.12196
Copyright notice © 2016 The Author(s)
ISSN 0361-3666
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