Mainstreaming climate change adaptation : An incremental approach to disaster risk management in Australia

Heazle, Michael, Tangney, Peter, Burton, Paul, Howes, Michael , Grant-Smith, Deanna, Reis, Kim, & Bosomworth, Karyn (2013) Mainstreaming climate change adaptation : An incremental approach to disaster risk management in Australia. Environmental Science & Policy, 33, pp. 162-170.

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Abstract

In this paper we argue that rationalist ‘predict then act’ approaches to disaster risk management (DRM) policy promote unrealistic public expectations of DRM provisions, the avoidance of decision making by political elites, an over-reliance on technical expertise and engineering solutions to reducing exposure to natural events, and a reactive approach to DRM overall. We propose an alternative incrementalist approach that focuses on managing uncertainties rather than reducing them and building resilience not simply through the reduction of hazard exposure, but also through the ongoing reduction of community vulnerability, the explicit consideration of normative priorities, and more effective community engagement in climate risk debates.

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ID Code: 63378
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk management, Resilience, Rational policy making, Brisbane floods, CEDM
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2013.05.009
ISSN: 1873-6416
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Environment Policy (160507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2013 04:04
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 00:39

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