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Today we are pleased to share a conversation with Sneha Krishnan, Susie Goodall, and Anuszka Mosurska, which invited us to reflect on our own positionality and its impact on what we do and how we do it in the context of research! In each of their papers for the (double) Special Issue of Disaster Prevention & Management Journal, “Emerging voices and…
 
We are so happy to wish you all a Happy New Year and welcome you back for Season 6 of Disasters:Deconstructed!!! We are again very excited to spend time with you again - or for the first time - as we explore why disasters really happen. Our new season is focused on a cadre of emerging researchers that are challenging the sacred cows of (disaster) r…
 
Thank you all so much for joining us again or for the first time this year - We hope you enjoyed seasons 4 and 5 and learning from all the incredible guests that shared their time and ideas with us! Today we are very excited to bring you the 2021 Christmas Special! Don't expect anything too serious, because we are mostly messing about ;) We appreci…
 
We are really excited to release this special episode we recorded with the incredible conceptual artist Paula Morison! It touches on a lot of themes common to Disasters: Deconstructed, in the way that narratives are represented and discussed but we found it amazing to just listen to the thought process behind some of Paula's work. What might be pos…
 
We are so glad that you have joined us for Season 5 - it's been a blast and a pleasure to share all of the content! Thank you to everyone who listens and engages, joins our livestreams, and of course the amazing guests who bring fresh ideas to challenge and inspire us. In the Season Finale we recap on our favorite moments from the season and chat a…
 
This week we are joined by the creator of the epic Twitter account @PlaguePoems, Zachary Loeb, to discuss his research on the Y2K scare and more broadly technological reliance, narratives of destruction and technocratic fixes that obscure social and political root causes of disaster. Hope you all enjoy it! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebo…
 
This week we discuss communication for social change with two scholars who engage deeply with the work of Paulo Freire, and consider the potential for disaster studies to reflect on the legacy of Freire, and public scholarship and education more broadly. Thanks to Dr Ana Cristina Suzina and Prof Thomas Tufte for sharing such incredible insights! Fo…
 
Today it's our great pleasure to release our latest AUDIENCE SPECIAL! We asked our audience, Is there anything wrong with framing disaster as “events”? Why/why not? Thank you all so much for thinking about this question, and we are glad that many of you got back to us! Ksenia & Jason frame today's conversation around the responses received and we h…
 
This week Ksenia and guest co-host JC Gaillard are joined by Mx Roxanne Omega-Doron (Bisdak Pride in the Philippines), Bunda Mayora (Fajar Sikka in Indonesia), Neen Sapalo (University of the Philippines Diliman), and Adryan Sasongko (Resilience Development Initiative in Indonesia) to discuss the experiences of LGBTQI minorities and non-Western gend…
 
This week we are excited to share a conversation with returning guests Danielle Rivera and Emmanuel Raju about what recovery should look like, and what is regularly missing when we "Build Back Better". Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @DisastersDecon Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Further inf…
 
This week we revisit a question that comes up time and again, what is a disaster? Joining us is the wonderful Dr. Susanna Hoffman, an anthropologist who for decades has been at the forefront of social science investigating the “why” and “how” disasters occur. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion about framing, meaning, politics and language of dis…
 
Welcome back for Season 5!!! We are so glad to see you again - or for the first time - as we explore why disasters really happen. Today we give some context to the new season, and then sit down with the amazing storyteller/engineer/professor David Prevatt to discuss disaster risk and colonized peoples, and how professionals can ethically be a part …
 
Today we bring you the second part of the two-part series sharing local stories from young people about living through COVID-19! Today's episode sees participants reflect on the learnings we can take forward and their hopes for how society can change. Thank you to the UN Major Group for Children and Youth and all the partners and supporters of the …
 
Over the past few months, Disasters: Deconstructed has partnered with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth as part of the ‘Asia Pacific Researchers, Practitioners, Policy-Makers in Dialogue with Children and Youth Project.’ This is part one of a two-part series sharing local stories from young people about living through COVID-19. Thank you to…
 
Thank you for joining us for Season 4! We appreciate you all spending time listening, and all of our amazing guests. In this episode Jason, Ksenia and Darien look back at some of our favorite bits from each episode, and look forward to what's next. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @DisastersDecon Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts Subscr…
 
Thank you to Professor Cheryl Potgieter for joining us for the penultimate episode of Season 4 to talk about gender and sexuality! Cheryl is a Research Professor at Durban University of Technology, and Head of Genderjustice,Health and Human Development. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In this episode we…
 
This week we are delighted to discuss the importance of cultivating a community-centered ethos in our research and practice with Jake Rom D. Cadag. Jake is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines and works across academia and NGO sectors in DRR and climate change adaptation. We talk…
 
Thanks so much to Barbara Carby for joining us this week! Barbara is Director of Disaster Risk Reduction Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the former Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management in Jamaica. We discuss DRR mainstreaming in the Caribbean and how states support each other …
 
This week we welcome Belen Desmaison, a lecturer and researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). She is coordinator of the action-research project CASA (Ciudades Auto-Sostenibles Amazónicas) and researches resettlement processes, sustainable and resilient urban and architectural design, and the generation of socially and envi…
 
Join us this week for a discussion with DRR expert and #NoNaturalDisasters advocate Irasema Alcántara-Ayala, Professor of Natural Hazards and Risk at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. We discuss how risk is created within society and how state responses so often focus on reacting to hazards rather than addressing root causes. What does …
 
This week Jason & Ksenia kick off the second half of the season (which will focus on the Global South) with a conversation about coloniality and disasters with Dr Danielle Rivera, Assistant Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder and Director of the Just Environments Lab. Join us as we focus on the problems with "eve…
 
Today we bring you a long-promised AUDIENCE SPECIAL on vulnerability! We asked you a while back, a) What does vulnerability mean to you? and b) Is vulnerability a useful concept? Does it allow us to frame places and people we wish to prioritise? Thank you all so much for thinking about these questions, and we are glad that many of you got back to u…
 
Today Darien wraps up his curated section of Season 4 and sits down with Benjamin Ruiz Rosado, Senior Training Manager in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Boston Public Health Commission. Benjamin is a public health social worker, an advocate for immigrants, a youth educator, and a firm believer in intersectional racial justice. Don't mis…
 
Today Darien and Ksenia are joined by Dr. Marccus Hendricks, an Environmental Planning professor at the University of Maryland and Director of the Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience & Justice (SIRJ) Lab. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @DisastersDecon Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Further…
 
This week Darien sits down with fellow Floridian Quincy Walters, a reporter at WBUR, Boston's NPR station. You are all going to appreciate this conversation on radio storytelling and how that plays out when the subject is disaster - they cover a lot of ground including the dynamic between editor and reporter, and reporter and researcher. What are t…
 
Luis Gallegos, an Assistant Principal at Alliance Ouchi, a high school in Los Angeles, joins Darien on today's show! Luis is a public school educator and has served in schools throughout New England and Los Angeles, CA. As a queer, Latinx school leader, he works from a social justice lens with the goal of empowering students to dismantle systems of…
 
Today Darien catches up with R. Shawn Abrahams, a genderqueer black scientist practicing ascent with modification. They study phylogenomics, evolution, and super powers! This conversation about evolution, food politics, extinction and the Anthropocene is a wonderful demonstration of the fact that understanding risk involves appreciating the deep in…
 
This week Darien sits down with Dr Fayola Jacobs, assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The conversation focuses on the black feminist lens that Dr Jacobs brings to the topics of disaster planning, environmental justice and urban planning. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @Disasters…
 
Welcome back for Season 4!!! As always, thanks for joining us once more - or for the first time - as we explore why disasters really happen. This season Jason and Ksenia are joined by a new co-host, Darien Alexander WIlliams! Today we give some context to the new season, discuss the key themes that emerged and reflect on why we have encouraged the …
 
Thank you all for joining us this year - We hope you enjoyed Seasons 2 and 3, which first aired in 2020, and learned as much as we did from our amazing guests! Today we bring you our Christmas Special for 2020! Listen in for some festive antics, and weird and adorable facts and stories from around the world. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Face…
 
Today we bring you a special live streamed episode that we recorded in September 2020 with several members of the Disaster Capitalism & COVID-19 Working Group, one of the COVID-19 Working Groups for Public Health and Social Sciences Research funded by the Natural Hazards Center, and some additional guests that brought perspectives from around the w…
 
Thank you for joining us for Season 3! Today we look back at some of our favorite bits from each episode, and look forward to what is next for Disasters: Deconstructed! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @DisastersDecon Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Music this week from "Closer" by Ian Post.…
 
Today we welcome Dewald van Niekerk, editor-in-chief of Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, to the show! We hope you enjoy this discussion about academic publishing - we talk about access, audience, language and more! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @DisastersDecon Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe wherever you get your …
 
This week Dr Sarah DeYoung, core faculty at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, joins us to talk public health! We discuss some of the work that she has been doing in 2020 and broader concerns about trust and communication. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @DisastersDecon Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts Subscri…
 
Thanks to Mihir Bhatt for being with us this week! Mihir is the Director of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), an organization focused on community-based action planning, action research and advocacy in disaster mitigation. Our conversation focuses on how we can learn so much from those experiencing risk, and how we need to center…
 
So often we think of "community-based" work as being about the location alone, but this week Zenaida Delica-Willison joins us to discuss her life's work of putting the people that live actually in a place at the center of both disaster related decision-making and narratives. We are so pleased to share this interview that gives us a look into her in…
 
This week we are back again with JC Gaillard to talk about the Disaster Studies Manifesto. Following on from Part 1, we consider responses to more question from our listeners, and then have an overall discussion: 3. What are your relationships with research partners from within/outside your study areas? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook …
 
This is the first of a two part series where some of our listeners and friends reflected on the Disaster Studies Manifesto and responded to some questions that we released for open comment. In Part 1, JC Gaillard joins us to listen to the submissions we received and briefly discuss. We are considering the following questions: 1. Is our current term…
 
Thank you so much to Natural Hazards Center Director Lori Peek for joining us again for this week's episode!! We recapped on an amazing Virtual Hazards Workshop in July and discussed hope in the hazards and disaster field, from personal growth to collective action. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @DisastersDecon Rate and Review on Appl…
 
Today we are joined by Aparna Tandon, Senior Programme Leader at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). Join us for a discussion about the importance of preserving cultural heritage through disasters, and the tensions that arise! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @Disaste…
 
Today we are so happy to have the founders of the Nakuru Accord - a call to commit to publicly sharing failures and learning from each other - on the show. Welcome Dani Barrington, Esther Shaylor & Becky Sindall! We love their Twitter account, Wash Failures and it was so much fun to sit down and discuss the importance of failure in research and pra…
 
Today we welcome photographer Charles Fox to the show! We discussed his years of creative work in Cambodia, as a photojournalist and more. It's so important to consider the humanity in all its complexity that exists beyond the "disaster event" images that are often a viewer's only lens into a place. We discuss Charles' book project "Buried" and the…
 
We are delighted to welcome Barefoot Bob Alexander to the show today! Bfb is a disaster risk management consultant, musician and international man of mystery. Everyone who has met him has a story or two to tell! In this episode we talk about risk communication through song and video and other participatory approaches. Follow us on Twitter, Instagra…
 
We love making Disasters: Deconstructed, and this week we speak to some creators that are an inspiration to us! Mitch Stripling and Andrew McMahan are probably no strangers to you - the hosts of Dukes of Hazards. Today we sit down and discuss podcasting; the awkwardness, creative process, and humor when discussing distressing topics like disasters.…
 
This week we are so pumped to bring you a fascinating discussion with Dave and Alex from Out of the Woods, a writing collective that recently published the book Hope Against Hope: Writings on Ecological Crisis. We talk about the power of collective creativity, climate crisis, narratives and stories, humanity, capitalism and disaster communism - tru…
 
We are so pleased to have Karen Gadbois with us today! She is a reporter and founder of The Lens, a New Orleans based local news source. We discuss the importance of local reporting and the kind of impact that good reporting can have in helping people to demand more accountable and just governance. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @Disa…
 
This week Jason and Ksenia are busy at the Natural Hazards Workshop (it's virtual this year!) but we are so happy to bring you this episode about disaster reporting with possibly our most frequent guest, Dr Samantha Montano! We talk about why reporting about disasters is sometimes off base, and why relationships between scientists and journalists a…
 
Welcome to Season 3!!! Thanks for joining us again - or for this first time - as we explore why disasters really happen. To help us kick off the new season, Drexel University historian Scott Knowles sat down with us for a chat about the importance of historical context to the disaster impacts that we see around us in the present. We can't wait to b…
 
Today we bring you a very special episode that we recorded with the editors and some authors of a special issue of Disaster Prevention and Management Journal. The collection of papers commemorates the 10th anniversary of the l'Aquilla earthquake, and drew a range of critical scholarly contributions. We are so pleased to bring you this discussion wi…
 
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