Measuring community disaster resilience using Q-methods : a physical resilience perspective

Tariq, H ORCID:, Pathirage, C and Fernando, TP ORCID: 2021, 'Measuring community disaster resilience using Q-methods : a physical resilience perspective' , Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 11 (4) , pp. 722-737.

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Purpose Decision-makers, practitioners and community members have a need to assess the disaster resilience of their communities and to understand their own capacities in disaster situations. There is a lack of consensus among researchers as to what resilience means and how it can be measured. This paper proposes a novel technique to achieve consensus among stakeholders on definitions, objectives and indicators for measuring a key dimension of community disaster resilience (CDR), physical infrastructure (PI).Design/methodology/approach This study uses a five-step approach utilizing Q-methods to contextualize a resilience index for PI. Interviews, focus groups and Q-sorting workshops were conducted to develop a tool that ranked measures according to stakeholder preference. A total of 84 participants took part in the workshops across four countries (United Kingdom, Malaysia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).Findings The initial set of 317 measures was reduced to 128 and divided into the three community capacities of anticipatory, absorptive and restorative. The physical infrastructure capacity assessment tool (PI-CAT) was then finalized to have 38 indicators that were also ranked in order of importance by the participants.Practical implications The PI-CAT can be useful for local governments and communities to measure their own resilience. The tool allows stakeholders to be confident that the metrics being used are ones that are relevant, important and meet their requirements.Originality/value The Q-method approach helps stakeholders to develop and use a community capacity assessment tool that is appropriate for their context. The PI-CAT can be used to identify effective investments that will enhance CDR.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2044-124X
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: H Tariq
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2021 08:46
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:39

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