Concluding remarks: Reimagining children’s place in disaster risk management



In developing a cultural framework for disaster risk management (DRM), CUIDAR has been a transformative project. In particular, such a project had to be sensitive to the ideas, needs and imaginaries of children and young people, a group that is particularly dismissed and neglected when authorities are considering, planning for and responding to hazard and disaster situations. From the beginning, we knew that this was going to be a major challenge, due to the dearth of examples, guidance and best practice, particularly at a European level. But it was also challenging because placing children and young people’s participation at the centre of the project would imply a major transformation for most of the actors involved in DRM, from schools to policy-makers, from experts to emergency responders.

Rodríguez-Giralt, Israel; Mort, Maggie & Delicado, Ana (2020). Concluding remarks: Reimagining children’s place in disaster risk management. In Rodríguez-Giralt I., Mort M., & Delicado A. (Eds.), Children and Young People’s Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction: Agency and Resilience (pp. 151-160). Bristol: Bristol University Press. doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b9f5c1.13

Maggie Mort (Lancaster University)

Ana Delicado (University of Lisbon)