Participatory communication and community resilience: a case study of humanitarian radio in the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan

Fluck, Viviane Lucia (2017) Participatory communication and community resilience: a case study of humanitarian radio in the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates if and how participatory communication can contribute to community resilience in a disaster context. Investigating a longitudinal case study of Radyo Bakdaw, a humanitarian radio station in the Philippines, I focus on two key areas of participatory communication: access to information and community inclusion. I use the concept of social capital in the forms of generalised reciprocity, accountability, mental wellbeing and relationship building as a tool to investigate community resilience.

The rising impact of natural hazard-related disasters has seen a call by policy actors to build community resilience. While grey and academic resilience literature frequently mention communication, thorough understanding of it is often lacking, especially on the details of communication processes and their impact.

This reveals the need for empirical academic research to contribute to a critical and more nuanced understanding regarding if and how participatory communication can build and strengthen community resilience. The thesis addresses this lack of detail and empirical research, by examining different types of participatory communication and how these may contribute to community resilience in a disaster context.

My research is based on a longitudinal single case study of a humanitarian radio station, Radyo Bakdaw, in the Philippines. I use both qualitative and quantitative research methods, adopting an embedded research approach with participatory elements. The case study was researched during two field trips (lasting 10 and 12 weeks) to the Philippines after super typhoon Haiyan, one month and eight months after the typhoon made landfall.

Ultimately, my thesis offers new and original evidence on where different types of participatory communication can and cannot contribute to characteristics of community resilience, and shows how participatory communication works in a humanitarian context. The thesis further provides an innovative framework of how to empirically investigate participatory communication in a humanitarian context.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Gillian Aldus
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 13:12
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 00:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64256
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