Research leader

Prof Lisa Gibbs Research Leader

Research team

Colin Gallagher Research Team
Kate Brady Research Team
Greg Ireton Research Team
Phoebe Quinn Research Team
Andrew Haywood Research Team
Yvette Clarke Research Team
Fyowna Norton Research Team
Vaughn Brandenburg Research Team
Stewart Davies Research Team
Claire Leppold Research Team

End User representatives

Andrew Haywood End-User

Community-led approaches to disaster recovery are regarded as the optimal approach to sustainable disaster recovery, fostering self-reliance and self-determination within affected communities. However, what is less clear in the literature is how government might best foster and enable community-led recovery while maintaining their role and responsibilities in coordination after a disaster.

The objective of this research was to address this gap by examining ways in which governments can better support and enable communities to lead their own recovery after bushfire disaster events. Specifically, the following research questions were explored:

  1. How can government best support community-led deliberative decision-making processes in post-disaster bushfire recovery?
  2. How can government best leverage existing and emerging community organisations, structures, and networks in post-disaster bushfire recovery?

This project developed a set of resources to broaden the knowledge base and disseminate best practice, both within and beyond end-user organisations. Research findings from this project expand our knowledge on how community structures may modify the decision-making function of community recovery bodies (i.e., Community Recovery Committees), and shape residents’ perceptions of community recovery.

Read the final report here. 

Year Type Citation
2021 Report Gibbs, L. et al. Community-led recovery - Black Summer final report. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2021).