Challenges in multi-agency collaboration in disaster management : a Sri Lankan perspective

Abdeen, FN ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9802-2026, Fernando, TP ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5321-9071, Kulatunga, U, Hettige, S and Arjuna Ranasinghe, KD 2021, 'Challenges in multi-agency collaboration in disaster management : a Sri Lankan perspective' , International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 62 , p. 102399.

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Abstract

This study was aimed at investigating the current challenges prevailing in relation to multi-agency collaboration during disaster management and at the strategies that should be implemented in order to overcome such challenges. The study was based on a qualitative approach under which 32 semi-structured interviews were carried out among agencies engaged in disaster management. The collected data were analysed using content analysis. The study identified seven challenges that hinder multi-agency collaboration (communication, environmental, social, political, inter-organisational, intra-organisational and infrastructure challenges) and corresponding strategies that can be used to overcome them. Communication was considered as the dominant challenge due to the lack of a technology platform and well-defined guidelines for sharing data among the agencies to establish a common view of the disaster context. Furthermore, the interoperability challenges that exist among the agencies seems to hinders the effective collaboration among agencies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo. **Journal IDs: issn 22124209 **History: issued 19-06-2021; accepted 12-06-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2212-4209
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Funders: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 08:43
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 08:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61004

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