This project aims to advance our knowledge of the human factors that promote individual and collective actions for building community resilience against the threat of flooding, erosion, and sea-level rise. Specifically, the project invited residents from the Town of Fairfield and the City of Bridgeport to share their beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors to build a resilient coastal community. Questions help assess communication and engagement strategies from two ongoing resilience projects in these different Connecticut coastal locations. Goals of this CIRCA funded research project include:
- Evaluate community stakeholder response to the planned resilience project as the basis for developing and assessing recommended communication and engagement strategiess.
- Recommend tailored communication strategies aimed at motivating community stakeholders to support the planned resilience projects.
- Recommend tailored engagement strategies aimed at empowering community stakeholders.
The lessons learned suggest that the notion of a resilient community should be conceptualized as a multidimensional construct, if the goal is to build and strengthen the capacity, motivation, and resolve of community members to reduce the risk stemming from climate change.