The Octagon Values Model: community resilience and coastal regeneration

Linda McElduff, Deborah Peel, Heather Ritchie, Greg Lloyd

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This paper considers efforts to build community resilience through bottom-up responses to socioeconomic and environmental change in coastal communities on the island of Ireland. The discussion adds to a growing body of research which suggests that regeneration initiatives which do not consider a community’s resilience to change will fail to catalyse the changes needed to put that place on a more sustainable trajectory. The Octagon Values Model is presented as a heuristic device for exploring this potentially complimentary and co-influencing relationship between regeneration and resilience building. When applied to two case studies of coastal Transition Towns, the Model illustrates how, in practical terms, resilience may be used to tap into personal concerns to mobilise civil engagement in specific local regeneration initiatives. The discussion highlights some of the perennial practical obstacles confronting voluntary based, community-level activities which raise questions for the generation of proactive community resilience responses and modes of governance. In capturing environmental, economic, social and governance value domains, the Octagon Values Model illustrates that reconciling values and resource use is critical to both regeneration and resilience ambitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
JournalUrban, Planning and Transport Research: An Open Access Journal
Issue number1
Early online date18 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished online - 18 Jan 2016


  • Octagon Values Model
  • resilience
  • regeneration
  • community-based governance
  • coast


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