Cultures of Disaster Resilience among children and young people
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I am currently in Japan on a one-month visit, following up on last year’s research study here as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow. I’m working again with Prof Aya Goto at Fukushima Medical University (FMU), who invited me to lead a series of seminars on sociological approaches to disasters and participatory methods in research, as well[…]
“Children and young people do not identify with the current paternalist approach to civil defence. Today, they ask to be fully empowered citizens: to participate, be active, cooperate…” So begins the account of a powerful interaction between children and young people, practitioners and policy makers in disaster management and risk reduction held for the[…]
Graham Mort, visited Amatrice in September 2016, five weeks after the major earthquake. We approached Amatrice through wooded hillsides, mountains in the distance, white clouds, the road twisting and climbing through tight bends. At first, all seemed peaceful, until an eerie sense of desertion set in. The fields were empty of workers and livestock. Then[…]
Young participants from the project, After Fukushima: Working with Children to Build Community Resilience, were involved in a presentation at the 17th Dialogue Meeting convened by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) in Date City, Fukushima, Japan. The Fukushima Dialogue Meetings were initiated in autumn 2011 by the ICRP and are held several times[…]
Children’s perception of risk, hazards, vulnerability and resilience have been explored in participatory workshops led by our CUIDAR partner Save the Children, Italy. Now, perhaps more than ever, the perspectives of children on these matters are vital. In total, 649 children and young people have been consulted either in a school or a youth group[…]
Policymakers and practitioners attending a high-level EU resilience conference found themselves making 3-D models of their disaster experiences in the ‘Flood Suitcase’ workshop run by CUIDAR members from Lancaster University. Alison Lloyd Williams and Maggie Mort introduced innovative methods used at Lancaster to explore children’s experiences of disaster at the EDUCEN Conference, March 2017 in[…]
by Alison Lloyd Williams, Lancaster University I’ve just returned from a two-month research fellowship in Fukushima, Japan and have been asked to write about the work I have been doing there. Funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, this project built on our Children, Young People and Flooding project and connects with[…]
A few thoughts from Maggie who visited one of the sites of the recent Italian earthquake. The first thing that hits you when you approach Amatrice is how beautiful it is. Hosted by Save the Children Italy, I arrive on a still, sunny day – the mountains almost surround the place and the air seems so[…]
Families with children were particularly vulnerable to the earthquake that struck the Amatrice area in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday 24th August. Rescue and response to this major disaster are currently the primary focus, but the country’s civil protection authorities will soon be considering the recovery process and future preparedness measures. And this[…]
In April this year the Portuguese CUIDAR team carried out its first set of consultations with children in a primary school in the centre of Lisbon. Two 4th grade classes (children between 9 and 10 years old) were chosen to pilot the workshop scheme. In the first session, children watched a short video about climate[…]