The Calculus of Community Resilience

Bruneau et al. (2003), as well as many great studies based on their formative ideas, define metrics of resilience based on the area under the curve representing the quality or quantity of some indicator over time. (Technically, they define resilience based on the size of the “resilience triangle” above the curve—see their Figure 1—but the …

SCIRTing the issue of Canterbury infrastructure recovery

I just returned from a trip to Canterbury, New Zealand as part of a project between the World Bank and EERI, which I mentioned here. The objective of the project is to research how and whether recovery after the February 2011 earthquake reflects the concept of “build back better.” In interviewing stakeholders, we were focused on the three most impacted sectors: …

Is Canterbury’s Post-Earthquake Tourism Recovery Sufficiently Efficient?

In September, I’m heading to Canterbury, New Zealand as part of a joint project between the World Bank and EERI. The objective of the project is to research how and whether recovery after the February 2011 earthquake reflects the concept of “build back better.” Apparently, the World Bank is keen on developing guidelines that are relevant across different types of disasters …

San Francisco’s 1906 Identity Crisis

At the Natural Hazards Workshop this year, Daniel Aldrich gave a keynote talk about his findings from researching correlations between various variables and community recovery from disasters. In particular, he focused on his awesome empirical study of Kobe’s recovery from the 1995 earthquake. (While its not relevant to this post, he found that proxies of social capital had the greatest …

The well-being of community resilience

In most of the literature, the goal of community resilience is maintaining and recovering the functioning of some community. This is undoubtably an important goal, but it is not an imaginative or normative one. The goal of resilience should go beyond functioning and ultimately be the well-being of different communities and their members. Norris et al. (2008) argues that well-being sets …

Analyses shows all communities are resilient

An assertion can’t be proven by a lack of evidence to the contrary, but that’s what I’m going to do anyway. Have you ever read a study or seen a report where the result of the analysis was that the resilience of the particular community was zero? The sum of all the normalized demographic variables …