This thesis examines the components of the socio-cultural context of an Indonesian island community that reportedly led to a remarkably low level of casualties during the Indian Ocean Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. Various elements of the social context of the Simeulue Island community are being assessed for their contribution to disaster response behaviour, potentially including community participation, collective efficacy, empowerment and trust as well as the maintenance of traditional disaster response knowledge. The key factors that contributed to the disaster response behaviour will then be considered in Australian cultural settings with a view to improving risk communication and community resilience.
The primary question for this study is: what are the cultural drivers of disaster response behaviour on Simeulue Island and do these have cross-cultural applicability? Also considered is: what is it about the cultural context of south-eastern Australia that diminishes personal responsibility for maintaining personal and family safety in the face of bushfires and natural hazards? At the same time, what is it about the culture of Simeulue that enables individuals to act appropriately in the face of natural hazards?
|2017||Conference Paper||Research proceedings from the 2017 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2017 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).|
|2017||Conference Paper||Too good to be true? How a remote island community developed a 100% effective risk communication strategy and what Australia can learn from it. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).|
|2016||Conference Paper||How do island communities balance disaster resilience and what can mainlanders learn from that?. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|2016||Conference Paper||Research proceedings from the 2016 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2016 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|14 Oct 2015||Stephen Sutton PhD Progress Report 2015||66.05 KB (66.05 KB)|
|30 Aug 2016||How do island communities balance disaster resilience and what can mainlanders learn from that? - Stephen Sutton||2.63 MB (2.63 MB)||communities, indigenous communities, tsunami|
|30 May 2017||Fire Australia Issue Two 2017||5.11 MB (5.11 MB)||flood, severe weather, volunteering|
This project examines the case study of Simeulue Island - A rare example of an entire community responding well to the threat of a major disaster – Resulting in very little loss of life.
This project is about what went right –a disaster where the whole community responded in exactly the right way, at the right time saving tens of thousands of lives.