Dr Briony Towers
RMIT University, Australia
Over the last decade, international and national frameworks for disaster risk reduction and resilience have increasingly identified the design and delivery of school-based education for children as a key priority for action. In parallel, research is beginning to identify key educational mechanisms that underpin children’s learning and support their active involvement in disaster risk reduction and resilience initiatives. Drawing on findings from recent research in Australian schools, this presentation will identify student voice and participation as one of these key mechanisms and will explore the implications for the design and delivery of school-based education in the Australian context.
Briony Towers is a research fellow in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. Her research is focused on children’s capacities for understanding and engaging in disaster risk reduction in their households, schools and communities. Her current research, funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative research Centre, aims to identify effective, sustainable models of disaster resilience education for Australian children and youth.