Benjamin Martin

Associate student
Benjamin Martin

Ben Martin is a career firefighter with considerable experience as a school teacher. These occupations have given rise to a keen interest in the role of emergency management agencies in children’s disaster education. Ben is currently undertaking PhD research on this topic through Central Queensland University with supervisors, Professor Kevin Ronan and Doctor Briony Towers.

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Disaster Resilience Education (DRE) of children is a key feature of Disaster Risk Reduction efforts worldwide and research supports its effectiveness. In Australia, the emergency management (EM) sector is heavily involved in DRE for children, primarily through the provision of programs and resources for schools. Challenges for the EM sector include political boundaries, organisational structures, agency jurisdictions, a voluntary workforce, and the likely higher prevalence of disasters due to climate change.

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