Hazardscapes, whole-of-community approaches and transformation: The potential mandate of critical qualitative inquiry

Petra Buergelt, Douglas Paton, Andrew Campbell, H James, L Roseman, A Cottrell

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Increasingly rapid change, uncertainty, insecurity and ‘wicked problems’ indicate a growing and urgent need to develop competent, adaptive and thriving communities. A significant challenge derives from the hazard-scape that creates worldwide increasingly significant challenges to human and societal health/wellbeing and prosperity. Peoples’ and communities’ capacity to deal with hazardous circumstances derives from human capital developed from everyday personal and social experiences. Natural hazards can be utilized as a unifying catalyst to facilitate the sustained development of adaptive, competent and thriving communities. This two-way interaction creates an opportunity to frame hazardscape as a catalyst for holistic social change and community development. Because hazards affect all sectors and levels of society, this approach offers the potential for creating whole-of-community efforts involving community, government, businesses, and researchers (including Indigenous researchers) collaborating across local, state, federal, and international scales. In this paper, we discuss potential contributions and roles of critical qualitative inquiry to whole-of-community approaches, challenges, and solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: CONSTRUCTING A NEW CRITICAL QUALITATIVE INQUIRY - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign , United States
Duration: 20 May 201523 May 2015


Conference11th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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