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Assessing vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of a UK Social Landlord

Assessing vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of a UK Social Landlord

Jones, Keith, Brydson, Helen, Ali, Fuad and Cooper, Justine (2013) Assessing vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of a UK Social Landlord. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 4 (3). pp. 287-296. ISSN 1759-5908 (doi:10.1108/IJDRBE-03-2013-0004)

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to explore the preparedness of a UK Registered Social Landlord (RSL) for current and future flooding. It examines the understanding of vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity amongst senior managers responsible for approximately 4,000 homes and tests the organisation's contingency planning against a range of flood scenarios. The paper then examines the problems of integrating future adaptation plans into built asset management strategies.

Design/methodology/approach – Analysis of existing datasets, field surveys, workshops, formal meetings, document analysis and semi-structured interviews were used to develop and test the impact of a series of flooding scenarios on the physical performance of the organisation's domestic properties and on the effectiveness of their contingency/adaptation plans.

Findings – Whilst individuals within the RSL had a broad understanding of vulnerability and resilience to flooding; and the organisation possessed the management attributes normally associated with enhanced adaptive capacity, they had misunderstood the potential flooding threats and had a false sense of security in their level of preparedness. The RSL also lacked the data to develop effective adaptation plans as part of their built asset management strategy.

Originality/value – This paper seeks to examine the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of UK social housing to climate change at the portfolio level. The paper should inform landlords, policy makers and researchers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published in International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Volume 4, Issue 3 (2013) - Special Issue: Improving Resilience of Existing Infrastructure and Built Assets Against Extreme Weather. Guest editor(s): Dr Bingunath Ingirige and Keith Jones.
Uncontrolled Keywords: vulnerability, resilience, climate change, floods, extreme weather events, built asset management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10341

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