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Increasing risk is a dominant theme of the 21st century. Engineers are well placed to act as leaders of change to meet this challenge. Innovative forms of collaborative thinking and action are required to mitigate, prepare for and respond to crisis.
This lecture describes an internationally award winning post-disaster collaborative recovery model [The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team - SCIRT] designed by engineers, and organisational specialists, to meet the massive horizontal infrastructure challenges created by a series of devastating earthquakes that struck Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010 and 2011.
To conclude, the presentation of the paper explores the prearrangements, skills and relationships that engineers need to build prior to a disaster that will enhance their leadership post-disaster. This paper builds on recovery literature and theory and seeks to contribute to global thought on collaborative leadership and action in disaster management.
Duncan Gibb, Executive General Manager, Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT)