Prioritising wellbeing and resilience to Build Back Better: insights from a Dominican small-scale fishing community

Forster, Johanna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6729-9965, Shelton, Clare, White, Carole S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7741-0444, Dupeyron, Agathe and Mizinova, Alena (2022) Prioritising wellbeing and resilience to Build Back Better: insights from a Dominican small-scale fishing community. Disasters, 46 (S1). S51-S77. ISSN 0361-3666

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Abstract

Climate change is increasing the severity of extreme weather events, particularly hurricanes, presenting a significant challenge to Caribbean coastal communities. In the aftermath of a major disaster, government interventions typically prioritise infrastructure, assets, and the economy through rebuilding roads, reviving economic sectors, and providing financial compensation. This is driven by a focus on macro-level quantitative indicators rather than by local, multidimensional subjective and relational factors, closer to lived experiences and livelihoods. Using frameworks outlining social well-being and agency, this paper explores strategies used by a fisheries-dependent community in Dominica to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017 and pursue well-being. The findings highlight the importance of multidimensional well-being, particularly relational and subjective dimensions, including existing social networks, and personal relationships critical for recovery after Maria. Furthermore, the paper demonstrates how recovery initiatives that concentrate solely on material well-being, such as employment, can undermine agency in the capacity of a community to recover and build resilience.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Supplement: ‘Building back better’? Lessons from disaster recovery in the Caribbean. Published in honour of Emeritus Professor David Barker Funding Information: The work was funded by a Global Challenges Research Fund (quality‐related) grant awarded by the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom (code: DEV31GFJF).
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency,caribbean,disaster risk management,environmental hazards,small-scale fisheries,social wellbeing,social well-being,social sciences(all),earth and planetary sciences(all),sdg 14 - life below water,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 03:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84628
DOI: 10.1111/disa.12541

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