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

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Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, G. and Williams, R. 2018. Community resilience and flooding in UK guidance: a critical review of concepts, definitions, and their implications. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12223
AuthorsNtontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, G. and Williams, R.
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.

KeywordsCommunity resilience; policy; disasters; extreme events; floods; resilience; governance; preparedness
Year2018
JournalJournal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
PublisherWiley
ISSN0966-0879
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12223
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Print25 Mar 2018
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Deposited26 Sep 2018
Accepted27 Jan 2018
Accepted author manuscript
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