Examining resilience of disaster response system in response to COVID-19

Int J Disaster Risk Reduct. 2021 Jun 1:59:102239. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102239. Epub 2021 Apr 6.


We examine the COVID-19 response in China by conceptualizing resilience from the complex adaptive system perspective, including a discussion of the factors contributing to the resilience of the disaster response system. Methodologically, a network-based model was employed to describe the disaster response system. In addition to a traditional network analysis, the dynamics network analysis was conducted to assess the evolution of the disaster response system with a time slice analysis. This study presents theoretical and practical contributions to the field of disaster management by utilizing the complex adaptive system perspective and investigating context-specific resilience of a disaster response system.

Keywords: COVID-19; Complex adaptive system; Disaster response system; Resilience; Social network analysis.