The Citizen Experience of Shock Climate Events

Resilient Sydney – Insights into Community Urban Resilience Experiences.

In cities, shock events such as bushfire, flood and heat have complex impacts that interact with and affect one another, crossing multiple geographic, community and administrative boundaries. In an effort to better understand the nature of these interactions in the Sydney region, the Sydney Environment Institute are collaborating with Resilient Sydney, an office hosted by the City of Sydney council as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

This research project will establish how past shock events impacted Sydney residents, using community focus groups and an innovative methodology to identify factors that enabled or impeded personal and community coping capacity. In this, we are particularly interested in examining how people accessed and engaged with existing government programs and services designed to assist communities in times of emergency.

Research findings will provide government agencies with an understanding of how effective current policies are, as well as enable them to design and implement policies and programs that improve community access and assistance before, during, and after such disasters. Recommendations on policy responses, agency collaboration, and community capacity building in response to future shock events will be shared by emergency response agencies, governments and communities across NSW. Key findings will be included in the Resilient Sydney Strategy and shared with the global 100 Resilient Cities network.

This project is funded by Resilient Sydney under the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) of Emergency NSW.