Community disaster resilience: a qualitative study on Iranian concepts and indicators

Abbas Ostadtaghizadeh, Ali Ardalan, Douglas Paton, Hamidreza Khankeh, Hossain Jabbari

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The concept of community disaster resilience (CDR) has become one of the most popular terms in disaster literature. This concept is recognized as a culture-bound phenomenon that is influenced by diverse domains and indicators in any specific culture. This qualitative study uses content analysis to explore conceptual and working definitions, as well as domains and indicators of CDR in Iranian context. CDR is defined as “The ability of a community to coexist, cope with, and manage disasters through an integrated, comprehensive, participatory and positive approach.” Seeking a working definition, CDR explores as “The level of hazards that a community absorbs with no damage, the level of main functions that remains active, and the period a community needs to return to normal conditions.” CDR in Iran is formed by social, managerial, economic, cultural, physical, and environmental domains and as a holistic approach that makes disaster management effective and efficient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1843-1861
Number of pages19
JournalNatural Hazards
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


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