Bonding, bridging and linking social networks: a qualitative study of the emergency management of Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu

Vachette, Astrid, King, David, and Cottrell, Alison (2017) Bonding, bridging and linking social networks: a qualitative study of the emergency management of Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 58 (3). pp. 315-330.

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Abstract

Cyclone Pam (March 2015) was an unprecedented event in Vanuatu forcing the simultaneous involvement of national and long-term international actors, well integrated into the national disaster governance system, as well as numerous short-term international actors, unfamiliar with the geopolitical and cultural disaster context of the country. Cooperation between these three groups of actors evolved through the three scales of bonding, bridging and linking social networking. This paper questions the different drivers and challenges within and across these scales of social networks affecting cooperation among the three different groups of actors during an emergency. Using a mixed methodology based on social network analysis, this paper utilises the case study of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu to study the strengths and weaknesses of the disaster governance system in place based on bonding and bridging social capital to conduct disaster risk management and to prepare the integration of linking social capital when external support is needed. This paper contributes to the identification of key considerations in the development of resilience-building strategies: the interactions of diverse actors to address disaster management needs and the reciprocal impacts of these interactions within and across the three different scales of social networks.

Item ID: 51950
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8373
Keywords: cooperation, Cyclone Pam, emergency management, international intervention, social networks, Vanuatu
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2018 07:46
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
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