Dissatisfaction after postdisaster resettlement

Pournima Sridarran, Kaushal Keraminiyage, Dilanthi Amaratunga

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Resettlement failure is a continuing concern within the field of postdisaster housing. There is a growing body of literature that recognizes dissatisfaction in many resettlement schemes around the world. However, a systematic understanding of why resettlements do not satisfy their beneficiaries is still lacking. This chapter seeks to fill this gap by offering a model for rationalizing resettlement dissatisfaction, ultimately contributing to the third priority of the Sendai Framework, notably to the development of inclusive policies toward sustainable postdisaster solutions. We used a qualitative case-study approach to investigate this problem. We present the key findings as a graph relating the resettlement phases and the expectations of the affected people to possess a house. According to the identified underlying mechanism, the need to possess a house remains at its peak through the displacement period. Subsequently, during normalization, the willingness to remain in the resettlement declines, leading to dissatisfaction if the resettlement is inadequately managed. Highlights: • Large-scale resettlements fail to harmonize with the communities in the long term. • Human adaptation to new environments depends on fulfilling a set of expectations. • The decline in the desire to remain in the new settlement leads to dissatisfaction. • The host community is also a key stakeholder group in resettlement processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvesting in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience
Subtitle of host publicationDesign, Methods and Knowledge in the face of Climate Change
EditorsA. Nuno Martins, Gonzalo Lizarralde, Temitope Egbelakin, Liliane Hobeica, José Manuel Mendes, Adib Hobeica
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780128187357
ISBN (Print)9780128186398
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2022


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