Flooding in Bangladesh and Australia: Applying an Interdisciplinary Model

By Mir Rabiul Islam, John Hicks, Richard Sappey, Valerie Ingham and Ian Manock.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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It is clear that natural disasters, particularly floods, fires, storms and earthquakes, reveal a range of inequities, human suffering and economic and political costs, some of which are persistent across generations. The interdisciplinary research introduced in this paper explores some of these aspects in relation to flooding within two vastly different communities: Bangladesh and Australia. The main focus of the paper is on building community resilience and we argue that this aspect of disaster management is best served by an interdisciplinary approach.

Keywords: Disaster Management, Emergency Management, Flooding, Psychosocial, Disaster Economics, Bangladesh, Australia, Preparedness, Resilience

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.81-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.041MB).

Dr. Mir Rabiul Islam

Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Mir Rabiul Islam is a social psychologist. His principal research areas are: curriculum issues and teaching models in tertiary education, transition to university and student experiences, inter-ethnic relations in multicultural societies, cross cultural issues relating to men’s health and wellbeing, and risk perception, community expectation of emergency planning and psychological recovery from natural disasters from a trans-disciplinary perspective.

Prof. John Hicks

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.

Dr. Richard Sappey

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.

Assoc. Prof. Valerie Ingham

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 resilience of communities in Bangladesh and Australia faced with the impact of natural hazards. Valerie is also involved in the active promotion of emergency risk management/disaster risk management practices within Asia, the pacific and Canada.

Ian Manock

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. 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.

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