Student researcher

Benjamin Martin Research Leader

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. It is unclear how these challenges affect the implementation and dissemination of DRE programs and resources into schools throughout Australia.

Surveys, interviews and focus groups with stakeholders from across the EM and education sectors will be used to:

 §    identify and map the existing mechanisms and processes that characterise the role of the EM sector in the implementation of DRE,

 §    examine the effectiveness of existing mechanisms and processes for the scaled implementation of DRE, and

§    establish how the role of the EM agency sector in the implementation of school-based DRE  could be optimised and enhanced to support the scaled implementation of DRE.

 The development of new programs and resources, and new approaches such as Child-Centred Disaster  Risk Reduction, will benefit from the improved understanding of DRE implementation in Australia.