The CUIDAR Finale

The CUIDAR Finale took place in Lisbon on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2018. The aim was to show the project’s main findings to an international audience of decision-makers, practitioners, and researchers.  Participants experienced and discussed the main outcome from the project – a child-centred disaster management framework for Europe, which will help those[…]

Child's drawing of a flooded street. Two light blue rainclouds with rain drops falling onto a river of blue floodwater, with a house with red roof and orange door on the left and a green car on a road on the right.

Giving UK Children a Voice in Emergencies

Kelsey Smith, a member of the project team from our partner Save the Children UK, writes about the charity’s involvement in the CUIDAR Project. This blog originally appeared on the Save the Children website. 2017 was a year with headlines dominated by disasters in the UK. The devastating fire at Grenfell tower; attacks at Manchester[…]

Child's picture with tall pink building with a crack near the top on the right. At the bottom is a grey road with a fallen tree in the middle and a plane with red and yellow flames coming off it. At the top is a blue thundercloud with rain drops and a yellow flash of lightning.

Alison Lloyd Williams: Blog from Fukushima

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[…]

The CUIDAR Project ‘Dives into Science’ with the University of Catalonia

“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[…]

Amatrice – a poem

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[…]

Fukushima Dialogue Meeting: Children discuss ‘what do we need for our future?’

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[…]

Policymakers creating models and telling stories

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[…]

A visit to Amatrice

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[…]