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Built‐in resilience to disasters: a pre‐emptive approach

Lee Bosher (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Andrew Dainty (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Patricia Carrillo (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Jacqueline Glass (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 11 September 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

Professions involved with the construction industry need to become more aware of disaster risk management (DRM) activities if lessons are to be learned from the past and a resilient built environment attained in the future. This study aims to focus on identifying which construction‐associated stakeholders should be involved with DRM initiatives in the UK, and when these stakeholders should be involved. This research is thereby unique and a key step in the longer‐term aim of identifying how stakeholders should be involved and what issues they need to address regarding the integration of DRM into construction decision making.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper presents the findings of a UK‐wide questionnaire survey, semi‐structured interviews and a validation exercise involving a range of professionals from construction, planning, insurance, emergency management and local/national government agencies.

Findings

This research identifies the key construction stakeholders that should be responsible for ensuring that resilience issues become integrated and ensuring the key stages of the design‐construction‐operation process where their inputs are required.

Originality/value

The finding presented are an important and logical step in the longer term aim of identifying how stakeholders should be better involved and what issues they need to address regarding the integration of DRM into construction decision making.

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Citation

Bosher, L., Dainty, A., Carrillo, P. and Glass, J. (2007), "Built‐in resilience to disasters: a pre‐emptive approach", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 14 No. 5, pp. 434-446. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980710780746

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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