Resilience from a lived-experience perspective in the regional context of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Adekola, J. (2018) Resilience from a lived-experience perspective in the regional context of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, pp. 441-448. (doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.06.006)

Adekola, J. (2018) Resilience from a lived-experience perspective in the regional context of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, pp. 441-448. (doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.06.006)

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Abstract

Within the UK, academics and practitioners’ understanding of resilience have been increasingly nuanced, particularly after the introduction of the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004. However, there remain debates and variations in how resilience is conceptualised that creates confusion in how resilience building is operationalised in practice by stakeholders. To address this concern, this study explores the meaning of resilience from the perspectives of people with a lived experience of flooding, through the lens of adaptive capacity, which is a key dimension of resilience as identified in Scottish policy frameworks. Insight from a literature review combined with empirical data collected from forty-three participants, suggests that resilience to natural hazards is a function of two inter-related aspects: ‘information’ and ‘response’ mechanisms. Further analysis suggests that resilience enhancement begins following receipt of risk information from either experience or other sources that shapes the understanding of a hazard and what protective steps to take. This understanding prompts behavioural responses influenced by ‘risk attitude’, ‘skills’ and ‘access to resources’ to enhance the adaptive capacity of the receiver. The paper engages in the complex debate about how resilience is conceptualized from the social sciences perspective. It presents a simplified account of what resilience means and sets out policy and practical implications of this.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study was funded by the Scottish Funding Council through the National Centre for Resilience (NCR) for Scotland Research Centre.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adekola, Dr Josephine
Authors: Adekola, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2212-4209
ISSN (Online):2212-4209
Published Online:13 June 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 31:441-448
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
725831National Centre for Resilience (Research)Carol HillScottish Funding Council (SFC)H15037IS - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES