Joining the dots to reimagine community resilience: empowering young people

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MacDonald, Fiona ORCID: 0000-0003-1966-0810, Woods, Brett ORCID: 0000-0003-1580-4258, Hall, Carla, Corney, Tim ORCID: 0000-0002-1980-6835 and Ryan, Derm (2023) Joining the dots to reimagine community resilience: empowering young people. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 38 (4). pp. 85-89. ISSN 1324-1540


Historically, disaster response management for children and young people, people from linguistically diverse cultural backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been shaped by a vulnerability and risk discourse, informed by trauma-informed and risk mitigation strategies. These are vital, but the vulnerability discourse has moved into other areas of disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and resilience. Vulnerability has been linked to pre-existing, socially produced inequalities and power structures. This has worked to homogenise, marginalise and diminish the capability of community members in resilience efforts. The United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 [Sendai Framework] calls for governments and relevant stakeholders to ‘advocate for resilient communities and an inclusive and all-of-society disaster risk management’ (UNDRR 2015, p.23). This includes the meaningful engagement of people who are marginalised from resilience building. The Sendai Framework makes a specific argument for engaging children and young people, declaring they are agents of change who should be given the space to contribute to disaster risk reduction. The aim of this paper is to consider how the Sendai Framework has influenced the inclusion of young people in disaster resilience and to introduce emerging evidence of how young people are joining the dots to reimagine community resilience.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.47389/38.4.85
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3904 Specialist studies in education
Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4410 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > College of Arts and Education
Keywords disaster response, disaster management, vulnerability, community resilience
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