Perspectives on social capacity building for natural hazards: outlining an emerging field of research and practice in Europe

Kuhlicke, Christian and Steinführer, Annett and Begg, Chloe and Bianchizza, Chiara and Bründl, Michael and Buchecker, Matthias and De Marchi, Bruna and Di Masso Tarditti, Marina and Höppner, Corina and Komac, Blaž and Lemkow, Louis and Luther, Jochen and McCarthy, Simon and Pellizzoni, Luigi and Renn, Ortwin and Scolobig, Anna and Supramaniam, Meera and Tapsell, Sue M. and Wachinger, Gisela and Walker, Gordon and Whittle, Rebecca and Zorn, Matija and Faulkner, Hazel P. (2011) Perspectives on social capacity building for natural hazards: outlining an emerging field of research and practice in Europe. Environmental Science & Policy, 14 (7). pp. 804-814. ISSN 1462-9011

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Abstract

Social capacity building for natural hazards is a topic increasingly gaining relevance not only for so-called developing countries but also for European welfare states which are continuously challenged by the social, economic and ecological impacts of natural hazards. Following an outline of recent governance changes with regard to natural hazards, we develop a heuristic model of social capacity building by taking into account a wide range of existing expertise from different fields of research. Particular attention is paid to social vulnerability and its assessment, as well as to risk communication and risk education as specific strategies of social capacity building. We propose to distinguish between interventionist and participatory approaches, thus enabling for a better understanding of existing practices of social capacity building as well as their particular strengths and weaknesses. By way of conclusion, we encourage more research on social capacity building for natural hazards in the European context which at present is highly diverse and, at least in parts, only poorly investigated.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Social capacity building; Natural hazards; Vulnerability; Perception; Communication; Education; Governance; Participation
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 11076
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Depositing User: Bade Ajibade
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 10:05
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:27
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11076

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