Knowledge transfer between communities, practitioners, and researchers : a case study for community resilience in Wellington, New Zealand

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Doyle, E.E.H.; Becker, J.S.; Neely, D.P.; Johnston, D.M.; Pepperell, B. 2015 Knowledge transfer between communities, practitioners, and researchers : a case study for community resilience in Wellington, New Zealand. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2015/44 22 p.

Abstract: In 2014 the Integrated Research for Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme endorsed the establishment of the International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience (ICoE:CR), Wellington, New Zealand. Such centres are being established globally to enable scientific activities through geographically focused contributions via an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction. The ICoE:CR is co-hosted by the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University/GNS Science) and the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO), with a goal to enhance collaboration between researchers and practitioners and to become “. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. an internationally recognised centre of excellence, to research and enable community resilience to disasters; actively collaborating with individuals, organisations, and communities in the Wellington Region”. Through a range of activities the ICoE:CR aims to provide an evidence base for WREMO’s Community Resilience Strategy, act as a vehicle to share good practice in Community Resilience, and promote the Wellington Region as a living laboratory for research and learning. We herein report on the establishment of this ICoE:CR; and the recent ICoE:CR trans-disciplinary workshop on ‘Knowledge Sharing’. Over fifty participants attended this workshop, including practitioners, researchers, community leaders, and businesses. Participants identified a number of key issues that create challenges to collaborative knowledge sharing, including: communication, capacity, resourcing, political influences, community characteristics, and the need for personalisation, trust, transparency and partner equity. Solutions suggested included: a community-driven approach, facilitation, well defined scope and process, diverse methods of collaboration and communication, creative resourcing, personalisation, trust, equity, fairness, and flexibility and sustainability of the project. Events like this workshop are vital for enhancing community-driven approaches and creating opportunities for individuals from disparate backgrounds and perspectives to work together and create novel solutions. By conducting this event we hope to enhance these networks and enable the engagement of local science (as advocated for by the IRDR) into local practice to enhance the resilience of communities to disasters. (auth)