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Managing systemic risk in emergency management, organizational resilience and climate change adaptation

Pescaroli, Gianluca; Guida, Kristen; Reynolds, Jeremy; Pulwarty, Roger; Linkov, Igor; Alexander, David; (2022) Managing systemic risk in emergency management, organizational resilience and climate change adaptation. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal 10.1108/DPM-08-2022-0179. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose This paper applies the theory of cascading, interconnected and compound risk to the practice of preparing for, managing, and responding to threats and hazards. Our goal is to propose a consistent approach for managing major risk in urban systems by bringing together emergency management, organisational resilience, and climate change adaptation. Design/methodology/approach We develop a theory-building process using an example from the work of the Greater London Authority in the United Kingdom. First, we explore how emergency management approaches systemic risk, including examples from of exercises, contingency plans and responses to complex incidents. Secondly, we analyse how systemic risk is integrated into strategies and practices of climate change adaptation. Thirdly, we consider organisational resilience as a cross cutting element between the approaches. Findings London has long been a champion of resilience strategies for dealing with systemic risk. However, this paper highlights a potential for integrating better the understanding of common points of failure in society and organisations, especially where they relate to interconnected domains and where they are driven by climate change. Originality/value The paper suggests shifting toward the concept of operational continuity to address systemic risk and gaps between Emergency Management, Organizational Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation.

Type: Article
Title: Managing systemic risk in emergency management, organizational resilience and climate change adaptation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/DPM-08-2022-0179
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-08-2022-0179
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Systemic risk, Emergency management, Organisational resilience, Climate change adaptation, Capacity to adapt, Risk management priorities
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10155904
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