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Disaster risk in underground utility development: a matter of perception

Salleh, Siti Hasliah and Mohamed Yusof, Nor Ashikin and Mohamed, Zamri and Baqutayan, Shadiya Mohamad Saleh and Badrul Hisham, Amirah ‘Aisya and Mohd. Puzi, Mohd. Alif (2021) Disaster risk in underground utility development: a matter of perception. Journal of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (JoSTIP), 7 (1). pp. 44-47. ISSN 2550-2018


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.11113/jostip.v7n1.62


The risk of development (or disaster) depends on the nature of the development itself and the potential disaster in the development area. However, the risk of disasters is a matter of perception. It depends on how an individual or group of individuals see or assess the characteristics of a phenomenon. Even it is subjective; it is vital to understand what risks people consider to be acceptable, especially the local players involved in the development works. Therefore, this paper presents how the local players perceive disaster risk in underground utility development. These local players were the authorities at the federal and state level, industry players, and academicians. Series of focus group discussions were conducted for data collection purposes, and the data was analyzed narratively. One aspect is the perception of disaster risk occurrence; either the disaster affects the development or otherwise. In turn, this evidence-based information could be one of the essential feeders to policymakers and disaster managers on what disaster risk reduction programmes have a better chance of being accepted by the local players. The success of this kind of programme is essential for sustainable underground utility functions for the future.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:disaster risk reduction, underground utilities, critical service, risk perception, disaster resilience
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:97665
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:21 Oct 2022 11:19
Last Modified:21 Oct 2022 11:19

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