What makes a community resilient? Examining changes in the adaptive capacities of Brisbane suburbs before and after the 2011 flood (2012–2014)

In Australia and internationally, understanding and enhancing Community Resilience (CR) is a high priority as we face significant environmental and national security challenges. However, given the sudden and unexpected nature of disasters and threats, current research only provides post event evaluations of CR. Drawing on a longitudinal study of 148 Brisbane suburbs, this project will be the first to examine the key community processes and structures associated with CR before and after the 2011 Brisbane floods. It will provide critical insights into the rebuilding and recovery of affected suburbs and a comparative evidence base to research and policy that will assist in preparing for future disasters in Australia and elsewhere.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council