Book Chapter

Disaster risk reduction beyond command and control: mapping an Australian wildfire from a complex adaptive system’s perspective

Leonardo Nogueira de Moraes, Alan March

Understanding Disaster Risk | Elsevier | Published : 2020


This chapter examines the challenges and opportunities of employing a resilience-building perspective to disaster risk reduction in the context of wildfires. It maps the evolving concept of resilience and its incorporation by different disciplines and by government agencies through policy formulation and implementation in Victoria, Australia—one of the most wildfire-prone areas in the world. In addition to semistructured interviews and direct observation, data collection targeted reports, meeting minutes, legislation, news articles, newsletters, and institutional social media relating to the 2015 Wye River-Jamieson Track Fires. Data were analyzed following a Grounded Theory approach supporte..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research underpinning this article was funded by an Early Career Researcher Grant from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. An early version of this chapter was presented at the 2018 International Conference on Building Resilience in Lisbon, Portugal. Participation and presentation in this conference was made possible by the award of a Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Conference Travel Grant.