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Dissatisfaction after postdisaster resettlement

Sridarran, Pournima; Keraminiyage, Kaushal; Amaratunga, Dilanthi


Pournima Sridarran

Dilanthi Amaratunga



Resettlement failure is a continuing concern within the field of postdisaster housing. There is a growing body of literature that recognizes dissatisfaction in many resettlement schemes around the world. However, a systematic understanding of why resettlements do not satisfy their beneficiaries is still lacking. This chapter seeks to fill this gap by offering a model for rationalizing resettlement dissatisfaction, ultimately contributing to the third priority of the Sendai Framework, notably to the development of inclusive policies toward sustainable postdisaster solutions. We used a qualitative case-study approach to investigate this problem. We present the key findings as a graph relating the resettlement phases and the expectations of the affected people to possess a house. According to the identified underlying mechanism, the need to possess a house remains at its peak through the displacement period. Subsequently, during normalization, the willingness to remain in the resettlement declines, leading to dissatisfaction if the resettlement is inadequately managed.


Large-scale resettlements fail to harmonize with the communities in the long term.

Human adaptation to new environments depends on fulfilling a set of expectations.

The decline in the desire to remain in the new settlement leads to dissatisfaction.

The host community is also a key stakeholder group in resettlement processes.


Sridarran, P., Keraminiyage, K., & Amaratunga, D. (2022). Dissatisfaction after postdisaster resettlement. In Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience (213-235). Elsevier Inc.

Online Publication Date Mar 18, 2022
Publication Date Mar 18, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2022
Pages 213-235
Book Title Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience
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