Government and Disaster Resilience

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    Technology-Mediated Learning for Resilience
    ( 2018-01-03) Majchrzak, Tim A. ; Busch, Peter André ; Sandvik, Kjetil
    Resilience is a topic of steadily increasing interest. It particularly gains importance when discussing how communities (e.g. municipalities) can prepare themselves for potential future disruptions. A resilient community will overcome immediate shocks, such as an earthquake, as well as stresses, such as the successive outbreak of a pandemic. Due to the novelty of the topic, research particularly exists on theoretical aspects of resilience. Targeting learning - and thereby the local population - is a rather new emergence. To effectively reach, involve, and engage citizens, technology can play a key role. Based on four actual cases from communities we analyse the impact technology has on learning about resilience. We then scrutinize the effectiveness and propose future steps. Thereby, we seek to provide practical advice to local governments and to enrich the theory at the same time.
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    A Conceptual System Dynamics Maturity Model of City Resilience
    ( 2018-01-03) Radianti, Jaziar ; Aboughonim, Ahmed Abdeltawab A.S ; Gonzalez, Jose J.
    City resilience is a pressing issue for city stakeholders, as disasters frequently occur while citizens are often not prepared for unexpected events. The Smart Mature Resilience project has developed a Resilience Maturity road-map for cities to achieve a higher mature level of resilience. This road-map is a basis for tackling two System Dynamics modeling challenges: How to design a model that allows users to perceive the importance of adopting policies that are in line with the sequence in the road-map? And how to design a model that shows the consequences of policy adoption in terms of budget and the resilience improvement reflected by the resilience indicators? The paper analyzes and compares two alternative structures for exploring resilience policies to be used by city stakeholders. Our focus is on exploring the behavior of the model and selecting a policy structure that is realistic and likely to generate a useful learning experience.
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    Introduction to the Minitrack on Government and Disaster Resilience
    ( 2018-01-03) Sakurai, Mihoko ; Gonzalez, Jose J. ; benaben, frederick