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Assessing vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of a UK Social Landlord

Keith Jones (School of Architecture, Design & Construction, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Helen Brydson (Faithful+Gould, London, UK)
Fuad Ali (School of Architecture, Design & Construction, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Justine Cooper (School of Architecture, Design & Construction, University of Greenwich, London, UK)

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

ISSN: 1759-5908

Article publication date: 30 September 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the preparedness of a UK Registered Social Landlord (RSL) for current and future flooding. It examines the understanding of vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity amongst senior managers responsible for approximately 4,000 homes and tests the organisation's contingency planning against a range of flood scenarios. The paper then examines the problems of integrating future adaptation plans into built asset management strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

Analysis of existing datasets, field surveys, workshops, formal meetings, document analysis and semi-structured interviews were used to develop and test the impact of a series of flooding scenarios on the physical performance of the organisation's domestic properties and on the effectiveness of their contingency/adaptation plans.

Findings

Whilst individuals within the RSL had a broad understanding of vulnerability and resilience to flooding; and the organisation possessed the management attributes normally associated with enhanced adaptive capacity, they had misunderstood the potential flooding threats and had a false sense of security in their level of preparedness. The RSL also lacked the data to develop effective adaptation plans as part of their built asset management strategy.

Originality/value

This paper seeks to examine the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of UK social housing to climate change at the portfolio level. The paper should inform landlords, policy makers and researchers.

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Acknowledgements

The content of this paper formed part of a multi-disciplinary project into Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events (CREW) funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Grant Number EP/F035861/1).

Citation

Jones, K., Brydson, H., Ali, F. and Cooper, J. (2013), "Assessing vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of a UK Social Landlord", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 287-296. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-03-2013-0004

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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