1st Edition

Community Engagement in Post-Disaster Recovery

    242 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Community Engagement in Post-Disaster Recovery reflects a wide array of practical experiences in working with disaster-affected communities internationally. It demonstrates that widely held assumptions about the benefits of community consultation and engagement in disaster recovery work need to be examined more critically because poorly conceived and hastily implemented community engagement strategies have sometimes exacerbated divisions within affected communities and/or resulted in ineffective use of aid funding. It is equally demonstrated that well-crafted, creative and thoughtful programming is possible.

    The wide collection of case studies of practical experience from around the world is presented to help establish ways of working with communities experiencing great challenges. The book offers practical suggestions on how to give more substance to the rhetoric of community consultation and engagement in these areas of work. It suggests the need to work with a dynamic understanding of community formation that is particularly relevant when people experience unforeseen challenges and traumatic experiences. This title interrogates the concept of community through an extensive review of the literature and explores the ways of working with communities in transition and particularly in their recovery phases through an array of case studies in a range of socioeconomic and political contexts.

    Focused on the concept of community in post-disaster recovery solutions—an aspect which has received little critical interrogation in the literature—this book will be a valuable resource to students and scholars in disaster management as well as humanitarian agencies.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    List of contributors

    Foreword by Professor John Twigg

    Preface Graham Marsh, Ifte Ahmed, Martin Mulligan, Jenny Donovan and Steve Barton

    1. Rethinking the meaning of ‘community’ in community-based disaster management - Martin Mulligan
    2. Rebuilding lessons from bushfire-affected communities in Victoria, Australia - Greg Ireton and Iftekhar Ahmed
    3. A partnership-based community engagement approach to recovery of flood-affected communities in Bangladesh - Iftekhar Ahmed
    4. Public engagements in forward looking recovery efforts following the 2013 floods in High River and Calgary, Canada - Eva Bogdan, Amber Bennett and Lilia Yumagulova
    5. How the Chinese government responded to the Wenchuan Earthquake – Yung-Fang Chen
    6. Participation for disaster resilience: A life cycle approach to reconstruction projects in India - Mittul Vahanvati
    7. A duty of care: Disaster recovery, community and social responsibility in Indonesia - David O’Brien, Catherine Elliott and Brendon McNiven
    8. The role of community engagement in post-disaster reconstruction: The cases of L’Aquila and Emilia Romagna, Italy - Lorenza Lazzati
    9. Facts on the ground: Affirming community identity through placemaking projects in West Bank villages - Jenny Donovan
    10. Women and their roles in peace building in conflict vulnerable areas of Mindanao, Philippines - Beau B. Beza, Mary Johnson & Anne Shangrila Y. Fuentes
    11. Community and conflict: the case of Rwanda - Marion E MacLellan
    12. Beneficiary Driven Recovery (BDR): An example from the Solomon Islands - Steve Barton
    13. From short-term relief to the revival of community in post-tsunami Sri Lanka and India - Martin Mulligan
    14. Community Recovery and the role of emergent organizations in post-disaster home buyouts: A case study of Oakwood Beach, New York, United States of America - Alex Greer and Sherri Brokopp Binder

      15. Conclusions: Emerging lessons on community engagement in post-disaster recovery Graham Marsh, Ifte Ahmed, Martin Mulligan, Jenny Donovan and Steve Barton



    Graham Marsh is a Visiting Research Fellow in Disaster Management at the School of Energy, Construction and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University, UK.

    Iftekhar Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia.

    Martin Mulligan is an Associate Professor in the Sustainability and Urban Planning section of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University and a former Director of RMIT’s Globalism Research Centre, Australia.

    Jenny Donovan is the Principal of Melbourne-based urban design practice Inclusive Design, Australia.

    Steve Barton is a humanitarian training facilitator and freelance consultant working for agencies such as the Red Cross and the UN and is also founder and director of the Recovery Resource Centre.