Bridging the divide between studies on disaster risk reduction education and child-centred disaster risk reduction

a critical review

Avianto Amri*, Katharine Haynes, Deanne K. Bird, Kevin Ronan

*Corresponding author for this work

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There has been a recent increase in the body of knowledge related to children and disasters. These studies converge into three main fields of research: the impact of disasters on children and their psychological recovery, the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) into the education sectors and children’s participation in DRR. This article provides a literature review of the two latter fields of research where the focus is on reducing disaster losses and building resilience prior to a disaster. Overall, 48 studies are critically reviewed and compared in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of their aims, methods, locations of research, impact, and outcomes. The review identified a number of differences between the two fields and significant opportunities for linking the two approaches, sharing lessons and knowledge. Based on the review, recommendations for further research are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-251
Number of pages13
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number3
Early online date31 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018



  • child-centred
  • children
  • disaster risk reduction
  • education
  • methods
  • participation

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