Resilient Cities, User-Driven Planning, and Open Data Policy

  • Paul BurtonEmail author
  • Anne Tiernan
  • Malcolm Wolski
  • Lex Drennan
  • Lochlan Morrissey


We present a framework for user-driven planning that links disaster management policy and legislation, Open Data, and individual households and residents, focusing on Queensland. Relating open datasets to a practical model of planning reveals two major problems with currently available data. First, they are fragmented, and so multiple datasets maintained by different agencies must be consulted for a user to be able to obtain a holistic view of their risk. Second, the use of the data generally requires some expertise in data analysis. We propose that narrative policy analysis may ameliorate this problem, by presenting data (a) in amalgamated platforms that combine data of various hazards and risks; and (b) so that the user is positioned in a ‘resilience narrative’, and their disaster risk is more readily understood.


Disaster planning Open Data Amalgamated data platforms Policy narratives 



User Driven Planning


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Burton
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anne Tiernan
    • 2
  • Malcolm Wolski
    • 3
  • Lex Drennan
    • 4
  • Lochlan Morrissey
    • 4
  1. 1.Cities Research Institute, Griffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith Business School, Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  3. 3.eResearch Services, Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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