Effective Communication: Communities and Bushfires


Before and during a bushfire, communication with a community depends on how the community interacts and is organised. Strong networks and well-planned communication and engagement strategies increase resilience to bushfires.

Researchers will use various methods to develop an understanding of how to better communicate with communities vulnerable to bushfire. A model for improving community communication strategies will be developed that will incorporate community diversity.

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Effective communication is dependent upon the degree of social cohesion or fragmentation that characterises the community. This project looks at the interaction between communities and fire agencies - how do communities respond to communication messages. What is an effective message?