Disaster recovery and sustainable community development

Yunong Huang, Hung Wong

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This chapter addresses disaster recovery. The theories related to disaster recovery including systems, vulnerability, socio-political ecology, feminist, and emergent norm theories and the models of disaster recovery including four-stage, top-down, holistic, community-based, and sustainable community development models are presented, with the focus on sustainable community development. The case of the recovery of the 5.12 Wenchuan earthquake is examined by adopting the six principles of sustainable community development. It is shown that overall the principles were not well implemented in this earthquake recovery. It is argued that China’s political system, unjust social policy, rapid recovery process, lack of recovery expertise, and the environmental characteristics of the earthquakeaffected areas might result in the poor implementation of sustainable community development principles in the recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of disaster risk reduction & management
EditorsChristian N. Madu, Chu-Hua Kuei
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789813207950
ISBN (Print)9789813207943
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • China
  • Disaster recovery
  • Sustainable community development
  • The wenchuan earthquake


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