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The perceptions of social responsibility for community resilience to flooding: the impact of past experience, age, gender and ethnicity

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posted on 06.01.2017, 16:47 by Robby SoetantoRobby Soetanto, Aaron Mullins, Nebil Achour
Community resilience to flooding depends, to a large extent, on the participation of community members to take more responsibility for enhancing their own resilience. The perception of social responsibility (SR) which is argued to be one of the antecedents influencing individual’s willingness to undertake resilient behaviours can significantly contribute to community resilience through individual and collective actions. Understanding of factors influencing the perceptions of SR of individuals within community might help with developing strategies to increase the perceptions of SR. This research explores perceptions of SR in relation to flooding for householders and local businesses and establishes their relationships with experience of flooding and demographic factors of age, gender and ethnicity. The data were obtained via a questionnaire survey of three communities in Birmingham and one community in South East London, UK, three with experience of flooding and one without. A total of 414 responses were received and used in the multiple regression analysis. The analysis identified ‘experience of flooding’, ‘age’ and ‘South Asian’ ethnic group as significant variables, suggesting that older individuals from South Asian ethnic groups with previous experience of flooding are likely to be more socially responsible than others without these attributes.

Funding

Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Natural Hazards

Volume

86

Pages

1105-1126

Citation

SOETANTO, R., MULLINS, A. and ACHOUR, N., 2016. The perceptions of social responsibility for community resilience to flooding: the impact of past experience, age, gender and ethnicity. Natural Hazards, 86 (3), pp. 1105–1126.

Publisher

Springer © The Author(s)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Acceptance date

14/12/2016

Publication date

2016-12-20

Copyright date

2017

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

0921-030X

eISSN

1573-0840

Language

en