DISTINGUISHED GUEST SEMINAR IN RISK AND SAFETY: Towards a code of conduct for post-disaster research
Disasters, especially the larger ones, stir increasing interest amongst researchers, who immediately converge to affected areas to conduct studies of various kinds, from characterisation of the hazards and infrastructure damage assessment to social surveys on the impact of the events and post-traumatic stress disorder. Such an influx of scholars into areas that otherwise often receive limited attention raises a number of challenges. This presentation will discuss two of these challenges. Firstly, it will focus on power relations amongst researchers and their respective positionality. The presentation will eventually argue that skewed power relations amongst scholars result in epistemological tensions in the research we conduct following disaster. These tensions reflect our broader struggle to live up to the research ethos we embrace in the first place, especially the ideas and principles of the so-called vulnerability paradigm of disaster studies. The presentation will close by proposing a code of conduct for post-disaster research.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
JC Gaillard is an associate professor at The University of Auckland and a former member of the faculty of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He trained as a geographer with particular interest in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Asia and the Pacific. His work focuses on inclusion and power in DRR. It includes developing participatory tools for engaging minority groups in disaster risk reduction with an emphasis on ethnic and gender minorities, prisoners, children and homeless people. JC collaborates in participatory DRR trainings with local governments, NGOs and other civil society organisations. He also serves as editor of the journal Disaster Prevention and Management and was co-editor, with Ben Wisner and Ilan Kelman, of the Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction.
More details: https://jcgaillard.wordpress.com.
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