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Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: reframing, networking, and capacity-building
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 19:32 authored by Bosomworth, K, Christine Owen, Steven CurninSteven Curnin
The mounting frequency and intensity of natural hazards, alongside growing interdependencies between social-technical and ecological systems, are placing increased pressure on emergency management. This is particularly true at the strategic level of emergency management, which involves planning for and managing non-routine, high-consequence events. Drawing on the literature, a survey, and interviews and workshops with Australia’s senior emergency managers, this paper presents an analysis of five core challenges that these pressures are creating for strategic-level emergency management. It argues that emphasising ‘emergency management’ as a primary adaptation strategy is a retrograde step that ignores the importance of addressing socio-political drivers of vulnerabilities. Three key suggestions are presented that could assist the country’s strategic-level emergency management in tackling these challenges: (i) reframe emergency management as a component of disaster risk reduction rather than them being one and the same; (ii) adopt a network governance approach; and (iii) further develop the capacities of strategic-level emergency managers.
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom