Enhancing community resilience through social responsibility: a case of preparedness to flooding
conference contributionposted on 25.04.2014, 08:43 authored by Aaron Mullins, Robby SoetantoRobby Soetanto
It is recognised that elements of modern society are closely inter-connected, and the issues of security and resilience are becoming more important. It is argued that one way to enhance resilience is through greater understanding and the promotion of social responsibility in the community. This paper describes an on-going research project to investigate how the concept of social responsibility is being perceived and enacted amongst three community groups (householders, small businesses and policy makers) in relation to their preparedness to flooding as a threat to the well-being of a community. This research explores ways in which a better understanding of the expectations associated with social responsibility could potentially increase community resilience. There is particular emphasis upon the interrelationships between social responsibility and the decision making process. This paper sets the context for this investigation and proposes a methodology that attempts to not only understand how key community groups perceive their own levels of social responsibility to the community, but also what level of social responsibility they believe the other groups should have. It is argued that community groups may not even be aware that they are failing to meet their expected level of social responsibility. Therefore, the gaps discovered by this methodology between a group’s own perception and how they are perceived by others would highlight barriers to community resilience. An argument for research to better understand resilience at the level of the community by exploring the individual and interconnected decision making of householders, small businesses and policy makers, is further elaborated. The arguments presented here will be of interest to community leaders and provide considerations for built environment professionals embarking on the development of resilience measures, with considerations suggested for future research within this field. The applicability of the concept of social responsibility for different threats and contexts is also emphasised.
- Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering