This thesis will argue that to accomplish effective disaster recovery collaborations, conflict needs to be accurately and comprehensively understood and managed well. This research will synthesise disaster recovery and conflict resolution to explore the following research question: What can conflict transformation perspectives provide disaster recovery?
This research question contains two sub-questions:
- What are the causes and effects of intergroup conflict in disaster recovery?
This sub-question will be addressed through applying an analytical framework, conflict mapping, to systematically analyse the causes and effects of conflict in disaster recovery processes in Australia. Conflict mapping will unite the multiple and often complex causes of conflict, countering the theoretical fragmentation that occurs when elements of conflict in disaster recovery processes are viewed as one-dimensional.
- What theory, frameworks or tools might support the understanding and transformation of intergroup conflict in disaster recovery?
This sub-question will be addressed through utilising conflict transformation perspectives in a disaster recovery environment and recommending or developing fit for purpose theory and resources to improve the management and resolution of conflict, and therefore policy and practice. A conflict transformation perspective will counter the dominant myth in disaster recovery collaboration that conflict is undesirable and destructive. The effective understanding and transformation of intergroup conflict in disaster recovery processes will make effective collaboration more probable, leading to the desired fulfilment of the National Principles of Disaster Recovery.