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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

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  1. 1. Can we learn to be resilient? Institutional constraints for social learning in heatwave risk management in London, UK 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Thomas Abeling abeling@ehs.unu.edu UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY (UNU-EHS) KING‘S COLLEGE LONDON
  2. 2. 2004 CCA: local authorities “category 1” responders 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org UK heatwave risk management Level 0 Long-term planning Level 1 Heat Prepardness Level 2 Heat forcast - Alert Level 3 Heat Action Level 4 Major Incident  Are local authorities well equipped to act as agents of change and transformation?
  3. 3. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Methodology  inductive research design, explorative analysis  49 semi-structured expert interviews  qualitative methodology  grounded theory approach (Glaser + Strauss 1967)
  4. 4. Formal and informal institutions for social learning FORMAL ITY 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Heatwave Planning INFORMALITY rules and regulations visible tangible flexibility, trust, networks invisible, informal relationships intangible (Pelling et al. 2008)
  5. 5. Informal networks support formal DRM 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org DYSFUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION „ […] to talk to the GP practices to sort out what was happening there […] we had to go through the NHS England […]. But to get a hold of these people […] is actually really difficult, especially during the level 3 alert.” (London CCG) INFORMAL RELATIONSHIPS „We ended up circumventing the official pathway […] We went directly to the GP practices to talk to them. […] Our big luck was that those people in the NHS England […] have worked [with us] before, and we were able to draw on these informal relationships.” (London CCG) Heatwave Planning
  6. 6. Informal institutions as constraints social learning? 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Heatwave Planning • Informality and social networks support existing DRM approaches to function • Creative energy directed at coping with dysfunctionalities, rather than critical reflection and innovation Social learning = system stability(?) INFORMALITY
  7. 7. Added value for the Post 2015 Framework for 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Disaster Risk Reduction – Raises questions on the role of learning in resilience – Challenges the idea that learning = change – Association of informality with innovation and critical reflection (Gundersson 1999, Nooteboom 2006, Olsson et al. 2006, Pahl-Wostl 2009) might fail to grasp complexity of social learning
  8. 8. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Thomas Abeling abeling@ehs.unu.edu UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY KING‘S COLLEGE LONDON http://www.embrace-eu.org/

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