What We Do
“Every disaster is a storyteller” [Victor Okorie]
Approaching risk interpretation and action in different contexts and across diverse cultures deserves further synthesis and evaluation. Research developed by our network will review, analyze and aid the inter-relation and co-production of knowledge on disasters between academics, practitioners, policy-makers and indigenous peoples.
We develop context-based and problem-focused research related to human-made and natural disasters. We explore specific aspects and common themes and critical issues, including participation in decision-making, social-environmental justice, indigenous management strategies, supporting indigenous people’s self-determination and territorial governance.
We adopt an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach in our research, involving academic disciplines (e.g. geography, anthropology, biology, climatology, political ecology, political science, etc), and non-academic knowledge, such as indigenous or traditional knowledge. Our conceptual framework includes reflecting on key concepts such as indigenous knowledge, disasters, epistemology and transdisciplinarity, and questions of human rights and social-environmental justice.