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Social Responsibility and Disaster Management

Flood Hazards: Impacts and Responses for the Built Environment

Exploring the effect of perceptions of social responsibility on community resilience to flooding | by Dr Aaron Mullins and Dr Robby Soetanto


As major flooding events around the world show, the impact of flooding can cause widespread chaos. Floods are increasing in frequency as our built up worlds are becoming more vulnerable. Flood risk can unite or divide communities and the physical, emotional and psychological responses to these potential risks can range from complete denial to perfect adaptation.

There is now a need for greater understanding of barriers and drivers to community resilience. This presents a significant research challenge due to complex interdependencies between the built environment, flooding, and the decisions of individuals within the community. The decisions of individuals that make up key community groups are of vital importance to this area because their decisions affect their perceptions, behaviour and cumulative resilience at community level. The decision making of the community groups could be positive, resulting in resilience-enhancing actions, or negative, resulting in resilience-reducing perceptions and behaviour. Therefore, understanding the factors that influence the decision making process will help to overcome barriers and promote drivers for community resilience.

The chapter ‘Exploring the effect of perceptions of social responsibility on community resilience to flooding‘ by Dr Aaron Mullins and Dr Robby Soetanto looks at one of the main psychological areas that has been highlighted as having the potential to affect decision making at community level, the perceptions of social responsibility. The chapter organization as a whole loosely corresponds to the phases of the disaster management cycle, covering emergency preparation and response; recovery, repair, and reconstruction; and mitigation and adaptation.

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