Knowledge adoption in post-disaster housing self-recovery

Eefje Hendriks, Aaron Opdyke

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore communication of hazard-resistant construction techniques after disaster in the absence of outside influence. It further aims to unpack the barriers and drivers in the adoption of knowledge processes to identify strategic recommendations to enlarge adoption of safer construction practices by local construction actors. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is based on an analysis of stakeholders’ perspectives during post-disaster reconstruction in the Philippines in the province of Busuanga after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Data were collected from six communities that received no external housing assistance, analyzing surveys from 220 households, 13 carpenters, 20 key actors coordinating reconstruction or recovery efforts, as well as 12 focus group discussions. Findings: This research argues for a stronger role of governmental agencies, vocational training schools and engineers. Current communication of typhoon-resistant construction knowledge is ineffective to stimulate awareness, understanding and adoption by local construction actors and self-recovering households. Research limitations/implications: The analysis in this study focuses on a small sample of communities in the west of the Philippines that are not frequently affected by typhoons. Originality/value: This is one of the few scholarly works in the Philippines focused on adoption of safer construction practices by community-based construction actors when technical housing assistance is absent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-864
Number of pages16
JournalDisaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Avans University of Applied Sciences and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research through the Safer Post-Disaster Self-Recovery Project, number 023011055. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies. The authors are thankful for the indispensable support of Cordaid with the selection of case studies. The authors especially thank Eric Lopez, Anat Prag and Lorenza Camilla, Junjun Sardon, Emmanual Romasanta and Marchien Peskens for their energy, enthusiasm and professional support during the field research. This research would not have been possible without the collaboration of the governmental agencies and community members. The authors thank Jos Lichtenberg, Emile Quanjel, Henk Meijerink, Kenny Meesters and Maarten van der Veen for their feedback and suggestions in the preparation of the research study. The authors acknowledge Dennis Nijnatten, Jason Ramon Silva and Erika Palmieri for their support in the data analysis.


  • Housing
  • Knowledge adoption
  • Philippines
  • Technical guidelines


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