Research in Emergency Aftershock Response (REAR) Literature Review: Disaster Response, Gender, Resilience, and Appropriate Technology Use

I have been working the last six months or so on a NERC funded project at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh titled REAR (Research in Emergency Aftershock Response). It is an interdisciplinary (geosciences, data science. infomatics, cultural influences, digital education, humanities) and inter-organisational (Edinburgh, Leeds Beckett, Ulster, Plymouth universities along with the British Geological Survey and Concern Worldwide) project. It is designed to explore:

Correct community response to aftershocks reduces subsequent loss of life in earthquake-stricken areas but local response can be delayed or inhibited by social, cultural and political factors. Effective, large-scale user engagement with appropriate information, so essential in emergency response, requires work on developing public awareness at scale, designing effective co-learning across multiple stakeholder groups, and building a deep understanding of the social and gender issues which might limit, or enable, user engagement.

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