Community resilience and flooding in UK guidance: a critical review of concepts, definitions, and their implications

Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, G. and Williams, Richard (2018) Community resilience and flooding in UK guidance: a critical review of concepts, definitions, and their implications. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. ISSN 0966-0879.

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Abstract

Community resilience is one of the main strategies that UK governments employ to deal with the impact of floods. In this paper, we analyse how community resilience is used in 28 UK guidance documents that refer to floods and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of different conceptualizations. We show that some documents represent community resilience as the absence of illness, as the opposite of vulnerability, as a static and unchanging element, or in a circular way as both a cause and an outcome. By contrast, some documents avoid generalizations and focus more specifically on the concept’s behavioural, relational, cognitive, and psychological aspects. We discuss the implications of different conceptualizations of community resilience for its operationalization by policymakers and practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Evangelos Ntontis
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 10:08
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 10:54
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17649

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