Children, Youth, and Disasters: Risk Reduction, Recovery, and Resilience

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Disasters are happening more frequently, and children and youth are among those most at risk for resulting adverse psychological, social, health, and educational effects. They also represent a largely untapped reserve of creativity, energy and capacity for resilience and adaptation. This session is led by Dr. Robin S. Cox (Royal Roads University) and Dr. Lori Peek (University of Colorado), leading researchers on the role of children and young people in disaster risk reduction, recovery, and resilience. Our first speaker describes a creative action research approach to investigating how youth understand and build community resilience in post-flood Southern Alberta. Our second speaker presents a youth-informed policy response to guide implementation of the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Canada. Our third speaker provides an overview of the Youth Voices Rising project, and presents highlights from children and youth-generated stories for community resilience building following the Fort McMurray wildfires. Our fourth speaker examines the role of place attachment in children and youth’s disaster preparedness, experiences, recovery, and resilience. And our final speaker focuses on the protective mechanisms of schools in disasters as evidenced in a study following the displacement from the 2013 Colorado Floods. Taken together, these papers demonstrate not only the ways in which children, youth and the institutions and organizations that support them are addressing the vulnerabilities and risks posed by disasters, but also the ways in which these actors are contributing to disaster risk reduction, recovery and resilience.
Session Organizers:
Robin COX, Royal Roads University, Canada and Lori PEEK, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Oral Presentations
United for One: Role and Impact of Youth on Community Oriented Disaster Management Programmes in India
Durgesh TRIPATHI, G.G.S.Indraprastha University, India; Namit VIKRAM, Vivekanand Institute of Professional Studies , Pitam Pura , New Delhi, India