Public policy, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation

Howes, Michael , Grant-Smith, Deanna, Reis, Kim, Bosomworth, Karyn, Tangney, Peter, Heazle, Michael, McEvoy, Darryn, & Burton, Paul (2013) Public policy, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. In 2013 Public Policy Network Conference, 24-25 January 2013, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD.

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Abstract

Public policymakers are caught in a dilemma : there is a growing list of urgent issues to address, at the same time that public expenditure is being cut. Adding to this dilemma is a system of government designed in the 19th century and competing theories of policymaking dating back to the 1950s. The interlinked problems of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation are cases in point. As the climate changes, there will be more frequent, intense and/or prolonged disasters such as floods and bushfires. Clearly a well integrated whole of government response is needed, but how might this be achieved? Further, how could academic research contribute to resolving this dilemma in a way that would produce something of theoretical interest as well as practical outcomes for policymakers? These are the questions addressed by our research via a comparative analysis of the 2009 Victorian bushfires, the 2011 Perth Hills bushfires, and the 2011 Brisbane floods. Our findings suggest that there is a need to: improve community engagement and communication; refocus attention on resilience; improve interagency communication and collaboration; and, develop institutional arrangements that support continual improvement and policy learning. These findings have implications for all areas of public policy theory and practice.

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ID Code: 64512
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk management, policy making, public policy, CEDM
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 15 Nov 2013 01:27
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2014 01:47

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