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Audrey Dallimore, assistant professor in the School of Environment and Sustainabilty, has received a critical boost to her paleoceanographic research through infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF).

The CFI/BCKDF funded infrastructure consists of two sets of equipment:

Youth-Centered Disaster Recovery

As the frequency and intensity of disaster events increases globally, children and youth are among those most at risk for the resulting adverse psychological, social, and health effects. At the end of the 20th century, disasters affected an estimated 66.5 million children each year (Penrose & Takaki, 2006). This number is likely to triple over the next decade, with up to 175 million children and youth affected every year by disasters triggered by climate change (Save the Children, 2007). Despite these figures, researchers and practitioners have historically overlooked children’s experiences and needs in disasters (Peek, 2008). Exclusion of children and youth in theoretical and applied approaches to recovery puts them at increased risk and ignores their potential contributions to the recovery process and the long-term resilience of their families and communities.

The project explores the following research questions:

(1) How do disasters affect the daily lives of youth?
(2) What assets or vulnerabilities do they identify as contributing to or hindering their recovery?
(3) What forms of support do youth need and how effectively are those needs being met?
(4) How do youth actively contribute to their  own recovery and to the recovery needs of those around them? and
(5) How might youth-centered recovery activities contribute to the longer-term resilience of youth, their families, and their communities?

For more about Robin's research, check out her bio or watch this video on Building Community Disaster Resilience Through Participatory Research.