An Interdisciplinary Approach to Disaster Management, Incorporating Economics and Social Psychology
Following the development of general interdisciplinary approaches to identified phenomena in a range of areas, this paper contributes to the debate over the means of generating knowledge in relation to disaster management. At the core of the disaster management literature is an advocacy for policy and practice which has been grounded in technological, mechanistic and structured systems where military and government-derived institutional models predominate. Recently, this approach has been challenged in the social sciences domain, particularly by sociologists and psychologists, who are developing more critical, interpretive and integrative approaches (e.g. involving social capital and community competence). Thus, surrounding the core literature there is a growing body of contextual work which interacts with the core and is best derived from the utilisation and integration of a range of established social science disciplines. We therefore argue that disaster management is best served by interdisciplinary approaches which not only enhance the development of disaster management knowledge, but also permit a transfer of knowledge from the context into the core so that policy and practice is developed for the purposes of prevention, preparedness, management and recovery phases of disasters.
||Disaster Management Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Analysis, Community Psychology, Knowledge Transfer, Policy and Practice, Economics
International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.93-106.
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Lecturer in Emergency Management, Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Valerie Ingham is a practising artist whose research interests include somatic and aesthetic awareness in time-pressured decision making and the tertiary education of Emergency Managers. Valerie is currently engaged in research activities focussed on increasing the disaster resilience of communities in Bangladesh and Australia. Valerie is also involved in the active promotion of emergency risk management/disaster risk management practices within Asia, the Pacific and Canada.
Professor of Economics, School of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
John Hicks is an economist who has held a number of university positions in Australia and New Zealand and who has worked as a senior economist in the private sector. He is currently Professor of Economics at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. His expertise encompasses labour economics and macroeconomics and his current research interests include the application of macroeconomic policy at regional and national levels-particularly in relation to Australia and China.
Lecturer, School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Mir Rabiul Islam is a social psychologist, he was awarded a PhD at the University of Bristol. His principal research areas of speciality are: curriculum issues and teaching models at tertiary education, transition to university and student experiences, racism and inter-ethnic relations in multicultural societies, ageism, ageing anxiety, social engagement and social capital in cross-cultural contexts, determinants of public perceptions of police behaviours towards the vulnerable groups, community assessments of disaster preparedness, risk perception and psychological recovery from natural disasters.
Lecturer, Emergency Management, Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Ian is a Lecturer and the Courses Coordinator for emergency management programs offered at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Ian has been with CSU since 1999 and has been actively involved in delivering emergency management education programs in the areas of emergency management planning, operations and recovery during this period. Prior to CSU, Ian worked in the Tasmania State Emergency Service as an Regional Manager for 9 years and prior to that was a Senior inspector of Police with the Royal Hong Kong Police, specialising in Marine Policing.
Ian is currently engaged in research activities focussed on increasing the resilience of communities in Bangladesh and Australia faced with the impact of natural hazards. Ian is also involved in the active promotion of emergency risk management/disaster risk management practices within Asia, the pacific and Canada.
Research Assistant, School of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Richard B. Sappey is currently a Research Associate in the Faculty of Business at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. He has worked in industrial relations for national and international organisations and taught in several Australian universities. His principal research interests are industrial relations systems, labour markets and the organisation of work.
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