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Durham University

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IHRR Seminar: Dr Hanna Ruszczyk, IHRR PDRA: Ambivalence towards discourse of disaster resilience

29th October 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, W309, Geography

Ambivalence towards discourse of disaster resilience

This study provides an empirically driven interrogation of how (disaster) resilience is considered and implemented by the international aid community (donors and practitioner INGOs) internationally and nationally. The context of Nepal is specific (post conflict state and hazard prone) but can be generalised to other countries where the disaster resilience discourse has been introduced. There is ambivalence towards a concept that has become a discourse.

On a global level, the international aid community utilise the discourse of resilience in a cautiously positive manner as a bridging concept. On a national level, disaster resilience is utilised to influence the national government as well as serving as an operational tool. This study argues urban residents and their communities are missing in this discourse of disaster community resilience. Lastly, considerations of what the grand plan of resilience omits is detailed. Regrettably, an explicit focus on people, power and politics is lost.

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