Fire to Flourish - Impacts of the Black Summer Bushfires and Effectiveness of Community-Led Recovery Programs

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description


Fire to Flourish is a 5 year program that brings together the University’s transdisciplinary research capabilities to work with bushfire-affected communities to advance community-led resilience and shape their trajectories towards a thriving future. Fire to Flourish will develop an inclusive, participatory and evidence-based model for strengthening resilience across social, built, natural, institutional and economic domains. The Program’s core research question is ‘how can community-led action strengthen disaster recovery efforts and resilience in ways that disrupt cycles of disadvantage and improve people’s lives?’. The research framework comprises three work packages: integrated evaluation, practices of community-led resilience and systems change. The Program has a significant focus on supporting communities to lead their own local initiatives and connect with each other to create the capacity, conditions and solutions for their long-term resilience.

The first aim of Sub-Project F2F-NI-002 is to describe the causal impacts of the Black Summer Bushfires on the social, health and economic wellbeing of our partner communities. Specific goals are to better understand the variation in outcomes, determinants of resilience, and how impacts evolved over time. This new knowledge will help inform the design of the community-led initiatives. The second aim is to estimate whether the community-led initiatives accelerated disaster recovery, reduced socioeconomic disadvantage, and led to overall improvements in community wellbeing. Ideally, these analyses will identify the contextual conditions that promoted positive change; thus delivering broader insights about the factors that enhance community-led recovery programs. The project will provide policy-relevant causal estimates by analysing survey and administrative data on individuals before and after the bushfire events and the commencement of the initiatives.
Effective start/end date1/07/2131/12/25