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How do we educate and prepare people for disasters? | RFTRW: S11E02

1 November 2021

Climate change is bringing about ever-increasing, intense and catastrophic weather events and other ecological disasters. A key challenge is for communities to be able to act quickly and decisively when they happen.

Dr Kaori Kitagawa, Research for the Real World podcast

Dr Kaori Kitagawa joins us from Japan to discuss her research area of community learning for disaster preparedness. At present, the involvement of the field of education has been limited in developing policy and practice of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and the need to build this into ‘everyday preparedness’.

The role of public pedagogy perspectives is helpful, according to Dr Kitagawa. Integrating communities into implementing DRR processes is important, with Dr Kitagawa working with Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute to investigate participatory approaches.

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