Inherent complexities of a multi-stakeholder approach to building community resilience

Adekola, J. , Fischbacher-Smith, D. and Fischbacher-Smith, M. (2020) Inherent complexities of a multi-stakeholder approach to building community resilience. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 11, pp. 32-45. (doi: 10.1007/s13753-020-00246-1)

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Enhancing community resilience has increasingly involved national and regional governments adopting a multi-stakeholder approach because of the potential interagency benefits. This has led to questions about how best to involve stakeholder groups in translating community resilience policies into practice. This exploratory study contributes to this discussion by addressing two key areas that are fundamental in the concerted effort to build community resilience to natural hazards: (1) stakeholder understanding of community resilience as a concept; and (2) the difficulties associated with the processes of risk assessment and preparedness that stakeholders face locally in building community resilience. Data were collected through semistructured interviews with 25 practitioners and experts within Scotland’s resilience community, and were analyzed through an inductive approach to thematic analysis. These data show how the interpretation of community resilience differs across stakeholder groups. Analysis of the data reveals challenges around the nature of the risk assessment and its role in shaping risk perception and communication. Significant complications occur in communicating about low probability-high consequence events, perceived territoriality, competing risk prioritizations, and the challenges of managing hazards within a context of limited resources. The implications of these issues for policy and practice are also discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Moira and Adekola, Dr Josephine and Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Denis
Authors: Adekola, J., Fischbacher-Smith, D., and Fischbacher-Smith, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
ISSN (Online):2192-6395
Published Online:12 February 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 11:32-45
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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