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Enhancing community resilience to flooding through social responsibility

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posted on 09.01.2013, 14:07 by Aaron Mullins, Robby Soetanto
Climate change has increased the threat of flooding to communities and presented the need for greater understanding of barriers and drivers to community resilience. This presents a significant research challenge due to complex interdependencies between the built environment, flooding, and the decisions of individuals within the community. The decisions of individuals that make up key community groups are of vital importance to this area because these decisions affect their perceptions, behaviour and cumulative resilience at community level. The decision making of community groups could be positive, resulting in resilience-enhancing actions, or negative, resulting in resilience-reducing perceptions and behaviour. Therefore, understanding the factors that influence the decision making process will help to overcome barriers and promote drivers for community resilience. This paper explores the literature in one of the main areas that has been highlighted as having the potential to affect decision making at community level, that is perceptions of social responsibility. Differences between social responsibility and corporate social responsibility and public relation models are explored. Examples from recent flooding events suggest the important role of social responsibility in influencing community resilience. Main considerations for future research are described, including the need for establishing a common framework for measuring and monitoring social responsibility within the community. Such a framework would provide a platform for integration and joined-up thinking between key community groups.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Citation

MULLINS, A. and SOETANTO, R., 2011. Enhancing community resilience to flooding through social responsibility. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, 2011, 1 (2), pp. 115 - 125.

Publisher

© WIT Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2011

Notes

This paper was published in the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering [© WIT Press] and the definitive version is available at: http://journals.witpress.com/paperinfo.asp?pid=522

ISSN

2041-9031

Language

en