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Making Sense of Natural Disasters

The Learning Vacuum of Bushfire Public Inquiries

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Examines how emergency management organisations learn from past events

  • Uses empirical evidence from Australian bushfire public review processes

  • Serves as a roadmap for practitioners to facilitate the implementation of complex public inquiry recommendations

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Graham Dwyer
    Pages 1-14
  3. Learning as Sensemaking

    • Graham Dwyer
    Pages 15-42
  4. Discussion and Conclusions

    • Graham Dwyer
    Pages 83-116
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 117-135

About this book

This book examines the ways in which emergency management organizations make sense and learn from natural disasters. Examining recent bushfires in Australia, it demonstrates that whilst public inquiries that follow such disasters can be important for learning and change, they have ultimately created a learning vacuum insofar as their recommendations repeat themselves. This has kept governments and society focused on learning lessons about the past, rather than for the future. Accordingly, this book recommends a new approach to sensemaking and learning focused on prospective planning rather than retrospective recommendations, and where planning for the future is seen as the shared responsibility of the government, society, and the emergency management community in Australia and beyond.

Graham Dwyer is Course Director at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. His research has been published in leading journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning, and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Keywords

  • governance
  • natural disasters
  • organizational learning
  • public inquiries
  • risk management
  • bushfires
  • public reviews

Authors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

    Graham Dwyer

About the author

Graham Dwyer is Course Director at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. His research has been published in leading journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning, and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

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eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-94778-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)