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Disaster mitigation and communications research in Canada: towards a responsive innovation agenda

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The aim of this paper is to introduce a new conceptual framework for communications policy research pertaining to disaster mitigation in Canada. It claims that mitigation-oriented policy research must expand its agenda to focus on the deep social roots of risk and vulnerability in Canadian society and that such a re-orientation in theory can provide the foundation for the reform of public policy and practical action suited to the National Disaster Mitigation Strategy (NDMS). Key findings from a recent study of Canada's communications infrastructure are cited to introduce three research themes learning, innovation, and enabling that can serve as the foundation for a 'responsive innovation agenda'. The paper introduces this agenda, specifies its core normative principle, and then provides a number of real-world cases that can inform ongoing research efforts towards its realisation.

Keywords: disaster mitigation, public policy, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, innovation, E2E principle, Canada, emergency management, communications policy, risk, vulnerability

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