Journal article

Managing values in disaster planning: Current strategies, challenges and opportunities for incorporating values of the public

Rebecca M Ford, Andrea Rawluk, Kathryn JH Williams



Incorporating values of the public in decisions is a way to approach accountability, transparency and inclusiveness in disaster management, but may not be an easy fit with existing systems. In this study, we analysed a bushfire risk planning system in Victoria, Australia, to identify where and how values, and value conflicts, are managed in decision-making. Using a modified institutional approach, we found a diverse set of seven strategies by which values are managed in different parts and levels of the planning system. At the policy level, cycling through time and multiple objective setting established priorities and frameworks for staff at lower levels. At the strategic planning level, a b..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning [Project name: Assessing and incorporating social, economic, ecological and community safety values of forests in bushfire risk decision-making]. Staff from the funding source had some limited involvement in data collection, for example assisting in the setting up of meetings during which data were collected.