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The changing landscape of disaster volunteering: opportunities, responses and gaps in Australia

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Abstract


  • There is a growing expectation that volunteers will have a greater role in disaster

    management in the future compared to the past. This is driven largely by a growing focus

    on building resilience to disasters. At the same time, the wider landscape of volunteering is

    fundamentally changing in the twenty-first century. This paper considers implications of

    this changing landscape for the resilience agenda in disaster management, with a focus on

    Australia. It first reviews major forces and trends impacting on disaster volunteering,

    highlighting four key developments: the growth of more diverse and episodic volunteering

    styles, the impact of new communications technology, greater private sector involvement

    and growing government expectations of and intervention in the voluntary sector. It then

    examines opportunities in this changing landscape for the Australian emergency management

    sector across five key strategic areas and provides examples of Australian

    responses to these opportunities to date. The five areas of focus are: developing more

    flexible volunteering strategies, harnessing spontaneous volunteering, building capacity to

    engage digital (and digitally enabled) volunteers, tapping into the growth of employee and

    skills-based volunteering and co-producing community-based disaster risk reduction.

    Although there have been considerable steps taken in Australia in some of these areas,

    overall there is still a long way to go before the sector can take full advantage of emerging

    opportunities. The paper thus concludes by identifying important research and practice

    gaps in this area.

UOW Authors


  •   McLennan, Blythe (external author)
  •   Whittaker, Joshua
  •   Handmer, John (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • McLennan, B., Whittaker, J. & Handmer, J. (2016). The changing landscape of disaster volunteering: opportunities, responses and gaps in Australia. Natural Hazards, 84 (3), 2031-2048.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84982078853

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1295&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/291

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 2031

End Page


  • 2048

Volume


  • 84

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • There is a growing expectation that volunteers will have a greater role in disaster

    management in the future compared to the past. This is driven largely by a growing focus

    on building resilience to disasters. At the same time, the wider landscape of volunteering is

    fundamentally changing in the twenty-first century. This paper considers implications of

    this changing landscape for the resilience agenda in disaster management, with a focus on

    Australia. It first reviews major forces and trends impacting on disaster volunteering,

    highlighting four key developments: the growth of more diverse and episodic volunteering

    styles, the impact of new communications technology, greater private sector involvement

    and growing government expectations of and intervention in the voluntary sector. It then

    examines opportunities in this changing landscape for the Australian emergency management

    sector across five key strategic areas and provides examples of Australian

    responses to these opportunities to date. The five areas of focus are: developing more

    flexible volunteering strategies, harnessing spontaneous volunteering, building capacity to

    engage digital (and digitally enabled) volunteers, tapping into the growth of employee and

    skills-based volunteering and co-producing community-based disaster risk reduction.

    Although there have been considerable steps taken in Australia in some of these areas,

    overall there is still a long way to go before the sector can take full advantage of emerging

    opportunities. The paper thus concludes by identifying important research and practice

    gaps in this area.

UOW Authors


  •   McLennan, Blythe (external author)
  •   Whittaker, Joshua
  •   Handmer, John (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • McLennan, B., Whittaker, J. & Handmer, J. (2016). The changing landscape of disaster volunteering: opportunities, responses and gaps in Australia. Natural Hazards, 84 (3), 2031-2048.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84982078853

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1295&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/291

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 2031

End Page


  • 2048

Volume


  • 84

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands