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ESRC Workshop - Civil Society and Emergency Response

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Baxter Suite, Tower Building

University of Dundee

Nethergate

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ESRC Seminar Series CASCADE-NET: Civil Agency, Society and Climate Adaptation to Weather Extremes

Seminar 3: Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment

Hosted by: Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience, University of Dundee, The Scottish Flood Forum and the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England, Bristol.

For further information about the aims of CASCADE-NET see: http://www.cascade-net.com/aims/

Aims

The workshop will explore the theory, policy and practice of civil society’s role during emergencies and in emergency planning for adaptation to extreme weather, within the wider contexts of community resilience. It will explore the following questions:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges for working with civil society in the statutory emergency response system for extreme weather?

  • What are the roles of the civil society (voluntary sector, NGOs, citizens) in the emergency response system in Scotland, UK, Europe and internationally?

  • How can dependency be reduced and empowerment be encouraged for civil society in emergency response?

  • What learning does the Scottish approach to civil agency in emergency response offer the UK and internationally?

  • What are the research and development needs in relation to Civil Society and Emergency Response?

Format

The workshop will interweave speakers, short provocations and extensive facilitated discussion.

A serious game for flood communication and response will also be introduced and facilitated by RAB Consultants. Research has shown that learning in an interactive environment, such as through a serious game, increases motivation and engagement of knowledge. The serious game allows people of all ages to practice making decisions, communicating, and learning from their mistakes in a safe environment. The serious game will be used in the workshop to stimulate discussion about how to work with civil society in Scotland and beyond.

Speaker contributions to the seminar will be filmed and shared online; a working report will be produced from the discussions and shared with participants, and the wider CASCADE-NET.

Speakers already confirmed

Dr Jakub Dostal (Department of Economic Studies, College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Czech Republic) on the Czech national scheme of volunteering during emergencies;

Ralph Throp (Scottish Government Resilience Division) on Policy and practice in the role of civil society in emergency planning for flooding and extreme weather in Scotland;

Professor Ioan Fazey (CECHR, Dundee University) on From participation to empowerment for community resilience: Critical challenges;

Dr Nat O’Grady (Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, UWE Bristol) on Civil agency and emergency response protocols;

Mike Cranston (RAB Consultants) on using games for learning about flood risk

Who should come and how to register?

The organisers welcome diverse contributors to the lively engagement and debate: including civil society/ NGOs, academic researchers of different disciplines, government, and practitioners from different agencies and business. The event is free but registration is required by 16th April. Note that places are limited and you are encouraged to register early. The full programme will be circulated in early April.

Travel Bursaries

For Early Career Researchers (e.g. PhD student; postdoctoral researcher) and Civic Society organisations: Please note there are a number of travel bursaries which are being shared out across the nine CASCADE-NET seminars. If you would like to apply for up to £80 towards your travel costs, please email CASCADE.NETWORK@uwe.ac.uk with the following details: your name, role or post, institution/organisation, location and cost of travel. We will confirm by email in advance of the event if we can give you a bursary. Successful applicants should hold onto their rail tickets to attach to their claim form.

Car parking in Dundee - for more information https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/city-development/roads-and-transportation/road-report/visitor-parking We would advise that you allow yourself plenty of time to find a parking space as they are limited.

Please contact cechr@dundee.ac.uk if you have any specific dietary requirements

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Baxter Suite, Tower Building

University of Dundee

Nethergate

Dundee

DD1 4HN

United Kingdom

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