From Silos to Flows: Spatial metaphor and communication responses to the Christchurch Earthquakes

Michael Bourk, Kate HOLLAND

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Abstract

This paper discusses some of the challenges faced by key agencies involved in public information management after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The study analysed data collected from published documents and in-depth semi-structured interviews with senior managers and key personnel within government and a citizen journalist who launched the Christchurch Recovery Map. Metaphor is used as a way of conceptualising the constraints faced by state agencies and consideration is given to the features and possibilities of an alternative approach to imagining bureaucratic spaces in times of national emergency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalThe Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Volume29
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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