Heatwave planning: the role of the community in co-producing resilience

Fagan-Watson, B. and Burchell, K. 2016. Heatwave planning: the role of the community in co-producing resilience . Building Research and Information. 44 (7), pp. 754-763. doi:10.1080/09613218.2016.1209626

TitleHeatwave planning: the role of the community in co-producing resilience
AuthorsFagan-Watson, B. and Burchell, K.
Abstract

Drawing on a thematic analysis of relevant policy documents, the aim of this paper is to comment on an apparent disconnect between two associated contemporary UK policy areas: planning for heatwaves and community resilience. Regional and national policy documents that plan for heatwaves in the UK tend to focus on institutional emergency responses and infrastructure development. In these documents, although communities are mentioned, they are understood as passive recipients of resilience that is provided by active institutions. Meanwhile, contemporary discussion about community resilience highlights the potential for involving communities in planning for and responding to emergencies (although the concept is also the subject of critique). Within this context, the paper proposes that – through engagement with the ‘community resilience’ policy agenda and its critique – effort should be made to articulate and realise greater participation by individuals, and voluntary and community sector groups in heatwave preparation, planning and response.

Keywordsheatwave
co-production
resilience
planning
community
community resilience
hot weather
London
JournalBuilding Research and Information
Journal citation44 (7), pp. 754-763
ISSN1466-4321
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptHeatwaves planning v4-CLEAN.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09613218.2016.1209626
Publication dates
Published online08 Aug 2016

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