Focusing post-disaster research methodology: reflecting on 50 years of post-disaster research

King, David, and Gurtner, Yetta (2021) Focusing post-disaster research methodology: reflecting on 50 years of post-disaster research. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 36 (4). pp. 32-39.

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Abstract

The 50th anniversary of cyclone Althea at Christmastime this year, 2021, prompts a reflection of a corresponding 50 years of post-disaster research by the Centre for Disaster Studies at James Cook University. Importantly, this reflection is on what is achieved through rapid-appraisal studies immediately following a disaster. This paper builds on earlier research into the methods and types of post-disaster surveys; taking into account new technology and the emergent issue of climate change. The paper identifies general findings and issues that have been uncovered through post-disaster surveys. What is seen is a continuity of the effects of disasters across decades and across events. Thus, it is important to interview people in affected communities for debriefing and also to enhance communication, education and awareness. Survey methods across a range of disasters during the last 2 decades are reviewed to identify research and survey approaches. The methods and approaches of post-disaster surveys should be driven by community needs and characteristics and surveys must propose focused research questions and purpose to be effective and contribute to better practice.

Item ID: 72605
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2204-2288
Keywords: Cyclone Althea; Post disaster research methods; Centre for Disaster Studies
Copyright Information: © 2021 by the authors. License Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, Melbourne, Australia. This is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/)
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2022 07:36
FoR Codes: 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330499 Urban and regional planning not elsewhere classified @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410499 Environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1904 Natural hazards > 190499 Natural hazards not elsewhere classified @ 30%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190103 Social impacts of climate change and variability @ 40%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190203 Environmental education and awareness @ 30%
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