Volume 2, Number 1

January 2022

More papers and articles, as well as downloadable PDFs, will be published by the end of January.

The Network of Actors and its Social Representations: A Method for Evaluating Emergency and Risk Management in Saint-André de Kamouraska

Martin Laroche and Steve Plante

Translated from the original French by Janick Daigle

In this article, we assess the management of emergencies and risks by combining the social network analysis and the study of social representations. We use a classical and bipartite network analysis method to highlight the key players in emergency and risk management. The use of social representations anchors our data in the particular territorial experience of the municipality of Saint-André-de-Kamouraska located in the administrative region of Bas-Saint-Laurent in Quebec. We posit that the main advantages of our method are:

   a) revealing the key players in emergency and risk management

   b) unveil the impact of these actors on the governance of emergencies and risks

   c) draw the socialization to risk and urgency of the population under study.

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Briefing Note

Kaitlyn Boudreau, Melanie Robinson, and Zahrah Farooqi

In August 2021, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Sixth Assessment Report. Among its authors are several Canadian climate scientists. The report has important applications for disaster and emergency management policy in Canada, and naturally foreshadows the work that practitioners will be doing in the coming years.

The Canadian Journal of Emergency Management’s Operations Section has produced a briefing note summarizing the Sixth Assessment Report’s Summary for Policy Makers, which is in itself an extensive white paper.

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Meet the Authors

Martin Laroche
Doctoral candidate

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