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Charis Elizabeth Anton

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Start date

Jan 2012

Submission date

Sep 2015

Charis Elizabeth Anton


The effect of place attachment on individual bushfire preparedness for people living in rural and urban-fringe communities


Place attachment is a bond between people and their environment. It affects people’s social and physical ties to where they live. This can have an impact on communities that are at a high risk of bushfire. Previous studies have found that place attachment affects people’s willingness to alter their landscape, which is vital for bushfire preparation. The current study aims to quantify the influence that place attachment has on bushfire preparedness. Following this it also aims to discover the socio-demographic variables that predict place attachment. Knowing the specific demographic factors that are associated with high and low place attachment will enable agencies that deal with fire-prone areas to use a community’s demographics to predict the amount of place attachment within that community and predict how prepared that community will be. This will allow for education and mitigation strategies that are tailored towards a community’s attachment levels and for the formulation of fire preparation policies that take into account people’s ties to where they live.

Why my research is important

This study will shed light on how attachment to place influences people’s fire mitigation behaviours. A practical benefit of which will be the ability to use the knowledge created of people’s place attachment and the factors that influence it to formulate fire preparation policies that take into account people’s ties to where they live. This has benefits to people living in fire-prone areas and can lead to more effective policy making.


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