Recovery Capitals (ReCap)

The Recovery Capitals (ReCap) project aimed to support wellbeing after disasters by providing evidence-based resources for those engaged in recovery. The resources are designed to support strengths-based, holistic and inclusive recovery approaches.

The ReCap resources identify seven areas of recovery – natural, social, financial, cultural, political, built and human – and emphasise the interconnectedness between these ‘recovery capitals’.

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Abstract illustration of seven recovery capitals (social, natural, human, political, built, financial and cultural), interconnected by a flowing river


University of Melbourne: Professor Lisa Gibbs, Phoebe Quinn

Massey University: Professor David Johnston, Dr Denise Blake, Emily Campbell


The ReCap project has drawn upon relevant data and findings from the Beyond Bushfires study and related research conducted by the University of Melbourne, Australia; on Resilient Wellington and related research conducted by Massey University and QuakeCoRE partners, New Zealand; and other relevant disaster recovery research. The authors gratefully acknowledge the specific contributions of Prof Daniel Aldrich (Northeastern University, USA), Prof Louise Harms, Greg Ireton, Dr Karen Block and Robyn Molyneaux (University of Melbourne); Dr Melissa Parsons (University of New England, Australia), Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu and Farah Beaini (Deakin University, Australia), Assoc Prof Mel Taylor (Macquarie University), Dr H. Colin Gallagher (Swinburne University); Prof Colin MacDougall (Flinders University); Prof Meaghan O’Donnell (Phoenix Australia), Bhiamie Williamson (Australian National University) and Martín García Cartagena (Massey University) and the conceptual contributions of all academic, end-user organisations and other stakeholder partners including:

  • Australian Red Cross
  • Leadbeater Group
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Country Fire Authority
  • University of Melbourne Department of Social Work
  • Wellington Region Emergency Management Office
  • New Zealand Red Cross
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Phoenix Australia
  • Social Recovery Reference Group
  • Australian Department of Home Affairs
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia
  • Emergency Management Victoria
  • Resilient Melbourne
  • Creative Recovery Network
  • Regional Arts Victoria
  • Flourish Kia Puāwai
  • Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Victorian Council of Social Service
  • Bushfire Recovery Victoria

Artwork and design:

Oslo Davis (, Alana Pirrone (, Frances Belle Parker (, Emily Campbell (Massey University), Taupuru (Ariki) Whakataka Brightwell (


Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

Contact Name
Phoebe Quinn