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Social resilience in the context of urban development in Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Resilience has increasingly found its practice in urban development plans. In response to prepare cities and their residents for uncertainties, social resilience capacities are crucial characteristics of people when facing hazards. Since Greater Christchurch has been deeply suffering from a series of earthquakes in 2010/2011, an urban development strategy was established emphasising on the dimension of resilience. This study evaluates whether social resilience is being established through the strategy. Based on a qualitative content analysis, the Resilient Greater Christchurch urban development strategy was analysed under following indicators governance, diversity, social capital and social resilience capacities. It was found that social resilience is not explicitly classified in the Resilient Greater Christchurch strategy. Although people are identified to be at the core of creating resilience, governance structures appear to be deeply influenced by public sector organisations and agencies. Decision-making and empowerment capacities of residents seem undermined. Nevertheless, various projects propose and offer collaboration and gathering opportunities for people in order to strengthen and build social networks. The study has proven that the Resilient Greater Christchurch strategy serves as a social resilience driver whereas additional investigations are necessary to propound further findings.

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Author:Kendra Menking
Referee:Brigitte Wotha, Torben Quickert
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2018
Granting Institution:Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
Release Date:2019/02/01
GND Keyword:Kirche; Neuseeland; Stadtentwicklung
Page Number:66
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International