Dr Mayeda Rashid

Completed PhD student
Dr Mayeda Rashid

"I have a passion for children. I've always wanted to work with them while studying disaster risk reduction," Mayeda says.

Fifty-three children were involved in the first phase of Mayeda’s research, where they were involved in designing an education program through focus group discussions.

“The program has been designed by children. They know what they want to learn and how they want to learn,” Mayeda says. “Children want to share their learning with their friends and family members, which is really important because of the large number of children who do not attend school in Bangladesh.”

Mayeda has also worked with practitioners from both government and non-government organisations in Bangladesh to better understand what their needs are for effective disaster education. She piloted her program in Tarua, her home village in Bangladesh.

Mayeda has presented her research findings at the CRC’s Research Forum in 2018, as well as a Three Minute Thesis at Research Driving Change – Showcase 2017. She has also authored a chapter about child-centred disaster risk reduction in the book Education in Times of Environmental Crisis: Teaching Children to be Agents of Change, published in 2016.

Mayeda’s thesis was ranked in the top 10 per cent globally in her field. As a result, she has been recognised as a Global Talent by the Department of Home Affairs under the Global Talent Independent program. Mayeda now works as Partnerships Coordinator at DPV Health for the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation program.

Student project

This study aimed to conduct rigorously designed research on DRR education for children in Bangladesh by involving children’s active input and participation. In so doing, it aimed to identify the specific elements of the DRR education programs for children that produce positive outcomes. Another aim was to examine implementation factors, including those structural and process factors that facilitate rather than impede sustainable implementation and child-participation.
Supervisory panel:
31 Aug 2020
Key findings: “What is essential is to realize that children learn independently, not in bunches;...
27 Aug 2019
This study aims to conduct rigorously designed research on disaster resilience education for...
Teacher facilitated child-centred disaster resilience education program: a participatory action research study in Bangladesh
18 Sep 2018
This study aims to design and test a disaster resilience education program for children within the...
Teacher-delivered child-centred disaster resilient education program for children
29 Jun 2017
This PhD Project involves a cross-cultural study on disaster resilience education for children...
Child-centred disaster risk reduction: a holistic, rights-based conceptual framework
12 Aug 2016
Child-centred disaster risk reduction (CC-DRR) is a flexible, rights-based, innovative approach to...
An Evidence-Based Practice Framework for Children's Disaster Education
18 Aug 2015
Disaster education for children has been identified as a key stragety for increasing disaster...
Children and Youth in Disasters: A Co-Produced Program of Research
18 Aug 2015
Children represent the most vulnerable demographic group in disasters.  The world health...
Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction: Achievements, Challenges, and Scope
18 Aug 2015
Child centred-disaster risk reduction (CC-DRR) is  defined as disaster risk reduction measures for...

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