Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Disasters are an increasingly common and complex combination of environmental, social and cultural factors. Yet existing response frameworks and emergency plans tend to homogenise affected populations as ‘victims’, overlooking the distinctive experience, capacities and skills of children and young people.
Drawing on participatory research with more than five hundred and fifty children internationally, this book argues for a radical transformation in children’s roles and voices in disasters. It shows practitioners, policymakers and researchers how more child-centred disaster management, that recognises children’s capacity to enhance disaster resilience, actually benefits at-risk communities as a whole.
"This groundbreaking volume centres the perspectives of hundreds of diverse children and youth. Through listening carefully to what they have to say, this work fundamentally reimagines young people’s role in disaster risk management." Lori Peek, University of Colorado Boulder
"Based on an innovative multi-country project, this book clearly establishes the tremendous value of including children’s voices in disaster risk management. It is a much-needed, engaging and important contribution." Alice Fothergill, University of Vermont
"An extraordinary intervention in disaster studies. It expands our imagination about what matters and who participates in disaster planning and how to articulate meaningful and collaborative child-centred risk policies." Manuel Tironi, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Maggie Mort is Professor in the Sociology of Science, Technology & Medicine at Lancaster University.
Israel Rodríguez-Giralt is Senior Research Fellow at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain.
Ana Delicado is a Research Fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
Introduction ~ Maggie Mort, Israel Rodriguez-Giralt, Ana Delicado
Children, Participation and Disasters In Europe: A Poor Record ~ Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, Miriam Arenas, Daniel López Gómez
Addressing Disaster Risk Reduction through Dialogues with Children and Mutual Learning with Adults ~ Anna Grisi, Flaminia Cordani, Sofia Ribeiro, Charikleia Kanari, Maria Papazafeiri, Miriam Arenas and Ana Delicado
Rights, Information, Needs and Active Involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction ~ Ana Delicado, Miriam Arenas, Magda Nikolaraizi, Maria Papazafeiri, Anna Grisi, Flaminia Cordani
Building a Framework for Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction in Europe ~ Israel Rodriguez-Giralt, Maggie Mort, Ana Nunes de Almeida, Ana Sofia Ribeiro
Participatory Tools for Disaster Risk Reduction with Children and Young People ~ Jussara Rowland, Miriam Arenas, Flaminia Cordani, Anna Grisi, Magda Nikolaraizi, Charikleia Kanari, Alison Lloyd Williams and Aya Goto
Conclusion ~ Maggie Mort, Israel Rodriguez-Giralt, Ana Delicado