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Building resilience: Knowledge, experience and perceptions among informal construction stakeholders

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posted on 05.03.2018, 14:41 by Ksenia Chmutina, Joanne Rose
Nepal is considered one of the most disaster-prone countries is the world, with vulnerabilities exacerbated by chronic poverty. Whilst a variety of sound buildings codes and regulations has been introduced in the past decades, a challenge exists in implementing these as the majority of the building stock is constructed by informal construction workers. Based on a case study of Nepal’s Banepa Town, this paper aims to explore the role of knowledge, perceptions of and experiences with disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures among informal construction stakeholders. The paper highlights that whilst the level of awareness of hazards and knowledge of the importance of DRR measures among informal construction stakeholders is high, it is also important to consider perceptions and organisational challenges when finding the best solutions for promoting DRR measures. There is still a gap between transforming knowledge into practice, often because of the perceptions (such as trust, experience, and gender) that are predominant in the sector. Understanding these issues is important as this situation is not unique to Nepal: rapid urbanisation in many developing countries has similarly led to a boom in informal construction sectors and construction that has little regard for building codes and regulations.

Funding

This research is undertaken as a part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Global Frontiers for Development Seed funding.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Citation

CHMUTINA, K. and ROSE, J., 2018. Building resilience: Knowledge, experience and perceptions among informal construction stakeholders. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 28, pp.158-164.

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© Elsevier

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

23/02/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

This paper was published in the journal International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.02.039.

ISSN

2212-4209

Language

en

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