Developing a systems approach for community engagement in disaster recovery

Munday, Peter Graham

Community engagement; Disaster recovery

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Midgley, Gerald; Wilby, Jennifer, 1953-
©2012 University of Hull

Across aeons, adversities have occurred that have disrupted life on Earth. Geologists, physicists and archaeologists have shown that there have been great changes to the planet. In his book, Gaia, Lovelock (1979, p.13) discusses significant changes across “four and a half aeons1”. More recently, human history has also witnessed disruptive events. Such events, as I consider them in this study, are called ‘disasters’. Many such disasters result from natural occurrences: earthquakes, collisions by meteors, changes in climatic conditions, floods, and so on. There are also other calamities, likewise called ‘disasters’, which occur from human-induced ‘interferences’ such as war, financial mismanagement, deliberate viral infection, the fallout from nuclear power plants malfunctioning, from building houses on flood plains, etc. And yet the planet recovers, as illustrated in Lovelock’s observation of “… the rapid colonization by wild flowers of city areas cleared by bombing in the Second World War” (ibid, p.111). But in situations where people are affected, could disasters be better responded to?

Centre for Systems Studies, the University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Additional notes
Formal assessment report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of Hull, December 2012.
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