Dimensions of Risk Justice and Resilience: Mapping Urban Planning’s Role Between Individual Versus Collective Rights



This chapter applies a justice framework to the complex of dilemmas between individual rights and the public good. It uses the case of the Wye River and Separation Creek Christmas Day 2015 bushfire in Victoria, Australia. Analysis of this event reveals the complex interactions of assumed, asserted and contested rights that play out before, during and after major destructive bushfire events, and their justice implications. The chapter suggests that there is a need to acknowledge and treat risks as complex manifestations of ongoing decisions over time; that existing emphases on individual property rights often erode the public good; that there is a need to set minimum standards in settlements; and that there is need to actively integrate individual and collective action to achieve risk justice.


Bushfire Wildfire Risk Justice Urban planning Human settlements Public good 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Melbourne School of Design, Urban Planning ProgramThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, School of DesignThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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