Disasters and Community Engagement

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Natural disasters are increasingly part of the social landscape, resulting in rising social and financial costs and in some cases, even leading to cascading disasters. Given that disasters typically impact not only individuals, but also the larger communities in which these individuals are located, involving these wider communities in our understandings and research explorations of disasters is particularly relevant. Community engagement can help to provide greater insight into the key individual, familial, social, and structural characteristics that influence and affect the experiences of those impacted by disasters.  It also recognizes the value of local knowledge and can help to advance the voices of those directly impacted by disaster.  This session welcomes, but is not limited to, papers on the following topics prior to, during, and post-disasters: community responses; community inter-organizational coordination; community outreach and initiatives, including community-involved emergency preparedness initiatives; individuals, families, and wider community support; knowledge mobilization; and community-engaged disaster research approaches, methods, and strengths.  Selected papers will showcase theoretically informed, interdisciplinary perspectives using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches.
Session Organizers:
Caroline MCDONALD-HARKER, Mount Royal University, Canada and Eva BOGDAN, University of Alberta, Canada
Kathryn WELLS, York University, Canada
Oral Presentations
When Good Intentions Go Bad: A Social Construction Approach to Alignment in Disaster Donations
Mary NELAN, University of North Texas, USA; Tricia WACHTENDORF, University of Delaware, USA; Samantha PENTA, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
Local Community Organisations in Australia and Their Role in Disaster Resilience
Valerie INGHAM, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Rabiul Mir ISLAM, Charles Sturt University, Australia; John HICKS, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Oliver BURMEISTER, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Jennifer GREIG, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Assessing the Influence of Cultural Variables, Perceptions, and Earthquake Hazard Information on Household Emergency Preparedness
Michael LINDELL, University of Washington, USA; Brittany BRAND, Boise State University, USA; Alexa DIETRICH, Social Science Research Council, USA
How Transdisciplinary Teams, Participatory-Based Research, and Community Engagement Work to Improve Outcomes and Build Local Capacity for Hazard Resilience
Garett SANSOM, Institute for Sustainable Communities, USA; Phil BERKE, Institute for Sustainable Communities, USA; John COOPER, Institute for Sustainable Communities, USA; Nasir GHARAIBEH, Texas A&M University, USA; Marccus HENDRICKS, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Jamie MASTERSON, Texas A&M University, USA; Galen NEWMAN, Texas A&M University, USA
Family Functioning and Well-Being in the Aftermath of Disaster: One Year after the 2013 High River, Alberta Flood
Caroline MCDONALD-HARKER, Mount Royal University, Canada; Eva BOGDAN, University of Alberta, Canada
Community Perceptions of Local Knowledge for Community-Based Flood Risk Management: The Case of ‘Zamakolo’ in Malawi
Robert SAKIC TROGRLIC, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom; Grant B. WRIGHT, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom; Adebayo J ADELOYE, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom; Melanie J DUNCAN, British Geological Survey (Natural Environment Research Council), United Kingdom; Faidess MWALE, Polytechnic Blantyre, University of Malawi, Malawi