Trotter MJ, Ivory V. 2019. A systems-based framework as an engagement tool: Adaptation for insight on transport network resilience. Case Studies on Transport Policy. 7(2):167-177. doi:10.1016/j.cstp.2019.03.007.
To make the transport network more resilient to natural hazards, we need to understand who the key decision makers are and how they interact. To improve this understanding, we used the opportunity provided by the 2016 North Canterbury earthquake and its impact on freight. We piloted an adapted systems-based methodology as an engagement tool for use with key actors. We engaged with those involved in the preparedness, response, and recovery of the transportation network. The aim was to reveal insights on Aotearoa New Zealand’s transport network. The tool was developed iteratively. This allowed us to rapidly obtain, capture, and analyse the state of the network post-earthquake after different adaptations were made to its structure. Our findings indicate we don't have a way to evaluate the lessons we learn after a disaster. There is also a lack of clarity around the position and connections with local government. These are two areas that could be improved to enhance resilience.