Disaster Preparedness for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities: a Comparative Study

14 September 2017

Sector: Reconstruction

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Mr Justin Whitney

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Scenes from the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake, the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake and the 2017 Tropical Cyclone Debbie Credit: Leah Bach (Australian Photographs), Justin Whitney (Japanese Photographs)

Project description

With the recent adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, a framework is now in place for nations to develop and standardise best practice approaches for dealing with natural disasters.  This Framework highlights the need for an improved understanding of ‘vulnerability’, which results in some segments of society being disproportionately affected by disasters.

In light of recent major disasters occurring in two of the Framework’s major stakeholders – Australia and Japan – this project will examine how the governments of these two countries reach out to their culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities – traditionally considered a vulnerable segment of society – in their disaster preparedness activities. To do so, researchers will review and compare national and municipal outreach activities in cities with high concentrations of CALD residents.  Relevant information will be obtained for each location through government policy documents and statistics, and field research which will comprise semi-structured interviews and focus groups.

Project Members: Mr Justin Whitney, Dr Matthew Linley, Dr David Green


Key dates: Japan Studies Association of Canada Conference, Toronto, Canada, 12 to 15 October 2017

Social media: TBC

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $12,000.00 with no GST in addition

Total project value: $12,000.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017