The Ethical premise of leading through the adversity and loss of disasters

Mark Crosweller

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Disaster management leaders are instrumental in protecting citizens from climate-influenced natural hazards. The extent to which neoliberalism and communitarianism shape leadership to either strengthen resilience of citizens or make them become more vulnerable to climate change is explored through the perspectives of 89 leaders from three western liberal democracies using a mixed-methods approach. My findings expose the tension between how leaders navigate politics, policies, and cultures which biases responsibility for resilience towards citizens versus how they show compassion towards those affected and suffering. I propose an ethically premised relational leadership framework to guide leaders? advice and decisions when providing protection.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Tschakert, Petra, Supervisor
  • Lawrence, Carmen, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date12 May 2022
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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