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Community resilience – bouncing back after a shock – is often celebrated (Norris 2005), but how do people manage over time? Do they have the social and environmental ‘assets’ to cope with the longer-term effects of crisis and to overcome future challenges?

In this research we intend to compare:

  • a current, ongoing (endless) slow-onset crisis, COVID-19 and its invasive mitigation measures in a community (to be determined), and
  • an earlier sudden-onset crisis, the Enschede fireworks disaster of May 2000, which reportedly had long-term impacts on the affected population. 


A stratified survey may be followed up by a number of in-depth interviews with affected people


We propose a ‘salutogenetic model of health (SMH)’ approach, which focuses on health assets and sense of cohesion and continuity. This approach, increasingly well-established in public health studies, is new to crisis and disaster studies (Genereux 2020), but has considerable overlap with more customary approaches in the disaster studies domain.


Candidates who have taken public health and/or disaster courses are especially welcome to apply.


Lenneke Vaandrager and Jeroen Warner

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