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Peer-reviewed paper on 'Learning for Disaster Resilience' presented to the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference held in Brisbane, Australia in April 2012.
The paper argues that three fields - disaster risk reduction, emergency management and community development - need to work together if community disaster resilience is to be achieved. Furthermore, it outlines research that shows that social capital formation is a critical factor in building resilience based on analysis of past disasters.
The paper then promotes the importance of education, communications and engagement (ECE) to help communities learn to build resilience using the three fields. It particularly stresses the benefits of social media in these learning processes.
The paper concludes by identifying knowledge gaps that need to be addressed in the further development and use of the 'Learning for Disaster Resilience' approach.