Achieving success in post-disaster resettlement programmes through better coordination between spatial and socio-economic/cultural factors

Keraminiyage, KP ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8884-3509 and Piyatadsananon, P 'Achieving success in post-disaster resettlement programmes through better coordination between spatial and socio-economic/cultural factors' , International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 4 (3) , pp. 352-372.

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Abstract

Purpose

– While the top-down approach to design and implement post-disaster resettlement programmes are often influenced by spatial factors such as land availability and access to infrastructure facilities, failure to recognise socio-economic and cultural sensitivities of resettling communities have been noted as a common reason for unsuccessful resettlement programmes. Since these socio-economic and political issues are not mutually exclusive from spatial factors, the aim of this research is to develop a framework to assist the design and implementation of better post-disaster resettlement programmes through better coordination between spatial and socio-economic/cultural factors.

Design/methodology/approach

– An initial theoretical framework was developed through a comprehensive literature review followed by a validation through a case study approach.

Findings

– During the theoretical framework development, the differentiating priorities of policy maker's viewpoint and resettling community's viewpoints have been established as key theoretical constructs, within the emergency, transitional, and potential development phases of post-disaster resettlement programmes. Further, spatial analysis has been identified as an effective technique that can be used to investigate the interdependencies between the spatial, socio-economic and cultural factors within the post-disaster resettlement programmes. The case study findings confirmed that spatial analysis indeed can be used effectively to evaluate the above mentioned interdependencies within the context of post-debris flow event disaster resettlement programmes.

Originality/value

– It is expected that the developed framework can be used by authorities and policy makers who are designing and implementing resettlement programmes to evaluate how the spatial design of the programme can be used to minimise socio-economic and cultural issues of settling communities.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1759-5908
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Depositing User: KP Keraminiyage
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2018 10:37
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2018 16:41
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/47576

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