8 – Researching Emergencies & the Cultural Political Economy of Humanitarian Response in Nepal

Wednesday 27 May 2015, 17.30 – 19.00, Room 804, 20 Bedford Way, UCL Institute of Education, London

‘Researching Emergencies & the Cultural Political Economy of Humanitarian Response in Nepal ’ – Dr Chris Williams (Visiting Fellow, UCL Institute of Education) & Dr Tejendra Pherali (Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education)

Dr Chris Williams and Dr Tejendra Pherali will bring the seminar series for this 2014/2015 academic year to a close with two presentations. Firstly, Chris Williams will present on “Researching Emergencies: High Tech Strategies in Low Tech Environments” with excerpts from his new book “Doing International Research: Global and Local Methods.” And in light of the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal, Tejendra Pherali will make a timely addition to the seminar presenting on the “Cultural Political Economy of Humanitarian Response in Nepal

A launch of the new book – Doing International and Global Research (Sage)

The seminar will introduce simple, cheap technologies – from satellite images, spyware and mobile phones, to crowdmaps, robots and cat-collar video cameras – which can all be used by anyone, anywhere, with very little technical training. Crowdsourced research and “big data” means that state level data is no longer controlled entirely by states, and so researching emergencies is becoming easier and quicker. We are in a global information age – around 90 percent of world data was produced in the previous 2 years. Here’s how to make sure your research contributes effectively!

Nepal Earthquake

The devastating earthquake of 7.9 magnitude hit Nepal on Saturday 25 April. Most parts of the historic city of Kathmandu and the mountainous villages of Gorkha, Sindhupalchok and Dhading have turned into rubble. After continuous aftershocks, another powerful quake hit the Everest region on the 12th May claiming more lives and affecting the most remote areas of North East Nepal. The total death toll has reached 8250 and 16,808 people have been severely injured. Nepali people have displayed an enormous amount of resilience in this crisis and have united globally to respond to this disaster. While there are legitimate criticisms about the lack of rapid response and the provision of adequate relief to the victims, the government of Nepal, in collaboration with multinational rescue and relief teams and nongovernmental organisations is responding to this crisis. This presentation will focus on the cultural political economy of humanitarian response in Nepal as well as the debates about reconstruction and education for disaster risk reduction.

Please register for free at our Eventbrite site

For more information please contact Dr Pherali (T.Pherali@ioe.ac.uk)

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