Inter-organisational characteristics of resilience in a post-disaster recovery context

Mulowayi, Erica, Coffey, Vaughan, Bunker, Jonathan, & Trigunarsyah, Bambang (2015) Inter-organisational characteristics of resilience in a post-disaster recovery context. In MacKee, Jamie, Giggins, Helen, & Gajendran, Thayaparan (Eds.) The 5th International Conference on Building Resilience, NCP (2015), Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, pp. 383-395.

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During post-disaster recovery, an infrastructure system may be subject to a number of disturbances originating from several other interdependent infrastructures. These disturbances might result in a series of system failures, thereby having immediate impact on societal living conditions. The inability to detect signs of disturbance from one infrastructure during recovery might cause significant disruptive effects on other infrastructure via the interconnection that exist among them. In such circumstances, it clearly appears that critical infrastructures' interdependencies affect the recovery of each individual infrastructure, as well as those of other interdependent infrastructure systems. This is why infrastructure resilience needs to be improved in function of those interdependencies, particularly during the recovery period to avoid the occurrence of a ‘disaster of disaster’ scenario. Viewed from this perspective, resilience is achieved through an inter-organisational collaboration between the different organisations involved in the reconstruction of interdependent infrastructure systems. This paper suggests that to some extent, the existing degree of interconnectedness between these infrastructure systems can also be found in their resilience ability during post-disaster recovery. For instance, without a resilient energy system, a large-scale power outage could affect simultaneously all the interdependent infrastructures after a disaster. Thus, breaking down the silos of resilience would be the first step in minimizing the risks of disaster failures from one infrastructure to cascade or escalate to other interconnected systems.

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ID Code: 86936
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: infrastructure resilience, post-disaster recovery, infrastructure interdependency, inter-organisational collaboration
ISBN: 9780994365200
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2015 05:25
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2015 05:20

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