What Do We Mean by ‘Community Resilience’? A Systematic Literature Review of How It Is Defined in the Literature

by Sonny S. Patel, T.H. Chan,  M. Brooke Rogers
PLoS Current Disasters, February 1, 2017

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Government, industry and charitable organisations have an increasing focus on programs intended to support community resilience to disasters. The findings show that community resilience remains an amorphous concept that is understood and applied differently by different research groups. Yet in spite of the differences in conception and application, there are well-understood elements that are widely proposed as important for a resilient community. A focus on these individual elements may be more productive than attempting to define and study community resilience as a distinct concept.

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