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

Evangelos Ntontis*, John Drury, Richard Amlôt, Gideon James Rubin, Richard Williams

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-13
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Keywords

  • community resilience
  • disasters
  • extreme events
  • floods
  • governance
  • policy
  • preparedness
  • resilience

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