Knowledge-based framework for water security in crisis scenarios

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This research addresses the need for efficient and effective management of water during any part of a crisis lifecycle, which is paramount if the negative impact on human health and quality of life is to be minimised. The unique contribution to knowledge is expressed through the creation of a framework for application of four key elements: Crisis Management, Knowledge Management, Public Health and Human Security within the realms of water resource utilisation during humanitarian crises.

    Through secondary data collection, the four key elements were identified. Primary data was subsequently gathered from subject experts in the form of semi-structure interviews that utilised a questionnaire to guide participants through the identified problem domain. This resulted in the creation of a draft framework that was critiqued by domain experts through both questionnaire and interview. A final framework was then constructed that took into consideration the needs expressed by all participants.

    The final framework was then tested against the historic crisis of Hurricane Katrina, for which a plethora of data and information was readily available, to ascertain its validity and applicability. Further work was identified as being the creation of an interactive toolbox of resources, which could be utilised in times of crisis based on need and applicability.
    Date of Award2016
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SupervisorAlexeis Garcia-Perez (Supervisor), Ian Marshall (Supervisor) & Anthony Olomolaiye (Supervisor)


    • knowledge-based
    • crisis scenarios
    • framework
    • water
    • security

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