Journal article

Risk, resilience and response-able practice in Australia's changing bushfire landscapes

Ruth Beilin, Jana-Axinja Paschen

Environment and Planning D Society and Space | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


This paper explores the policy concept and community enactments of ‘shared responsibility’ for disaster resilience in the context of wildfires in Victoria, Australia. Since the state-wide Black Saturday fires of 2009, we contend, first, the State’s decreasing ability to protect its citizens has shifted the responsibility for adapting to uncertainty to individuals, and second, this responsibility has been translated into compliance approaches to disaster risk management. We develop the concept of two distinct imaginaries at play: the reactive and the relational life. Policy discourse invokes a reactive life, a normative resilience maintaining the status quo, rather than a potentially transfor..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: The authors received Australian Research Council (LP110200313) funding for aspects of this research, authorship.