REALIZING RESILIENCE: A STUDY OF DEFINITION, INDICATORS, AND OPERATIONALIZATION
Fernandez, Lauren S.
McGuire, Mollie R.
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Resilience is a term ubiquitously used to gauge how communities fare during and following disasters. Academics and practitioners see resilience as a critical driver of a community’s success or failure in recovering or bouncing back from disasters. This thesis aims to provide insight into improving resilience by bridging how it is studied in theory and practiced in the field. This thesis examines resilience in the literature and presents four case studies, which focus on resilience governance and social, physical, and economic resilience indicators. The findings of this thesis show the necessity of community cohesion in growing a community’s resilience. The cases also show the benefit of clear resilience governance frameworks rooted in diverse, equitable leadership that represents the communities served. Moreover, fostering individual resilience contributes to a community’s resilience level. Finally, the term resilience needs both reconceptualizing and reimagining in a way that better aligns with current-day challenges.
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