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EEI SEMINAR: “Critical reflections on Indigenous people’s knowledge and disaster risk management in Australia: a rapid evidence review” by Dr Kim Spurway

Date: 2018-04-04

EEI SEMINAR: “Critical reflections on Indigenous people’s knowledge and disaster risk management in Australia: a rapid evidence review”

Speaker: Dr Kim Spurway, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
Moderator: Dr Sonia Graham

Day: Wednesday, 4 April, 2018
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023


The use of Indigenous peoples’ ecological knowledge is currently being proposed as part of the solution to challenges encountered in the public policy domain of disaster risk management, both within Australia and globally. Although there is a dearth of information about this topic, a substantive body of evidence from natural resource management (NRM) can provide lessons for Australian disaster risk management. The NRM literature highlights the importance of broadening the current framing of natural disasters as discrete extreme weather events that can be managed and controlled through the imposition of technocratic planning processes. The NRM literature shows that Australian Indigenous peoples integrate natural disasters into a wholistic understanding of the natural environment that reflects worldviews based on ‘caring for country’. There is also the issue of evidentiary legitimacy: Indigenous perspectives need to be more evident in terms of designing research, contributing to the research process and authoring papers in order for this evidence to be valid. In addition, the use of Indigenous peoples’ knowledges has numerous challenges emerging out of a long history of colonialism and exploitation of Indigenous peoples by the Australian settle state that need to be resolved. However, disaster risk management agencies have the chance to learn from the experiences of natural resource management and decolonise their approaches to working with Indigenous communities and engage them in equitable and fair relationships.

Kim Spurway worked as a researcher and project manager in humanitarian action and development projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. During her time as a humanitarian-development practitioner, Kim managed health projects and surveys on the impact of landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict communities. After 13 years working on development and humanitarian projects, she returned to Australia to complete her PhD on evidence use in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. Kim now works as a lecturer in development studies and policy studies in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her current research focuses on critical approaches to understanding the social impact and consequences of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. She is particularly interested in the role of situated knowledge and practice as well as the interplay of vulnerability and resilience in humanitarian emergencies and disaster risk reduction. Kim has worked on several research projects investigating community-based approaches to disaster risk management, the impact of urbanisation on disaster vulnerability and the lived experience of food insecurity among Australian Indigenous people with disability. She is currently completing a systematic review on the use of Indigenous knowledge by Australian disaster management agencies and co-authoring a book on addressing risk in research practice.

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