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Tanner, Thomas and Seballos, Fran (2012) 'Action Research with Children: Lessons from Tackling Disasters and Climate Change.' IDS Bulletin, 43 (3). pp. 59-70.

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Recent research and practice from the fields of climate change adaptation and disaster management has created a shift from emphasis of children's vulnerability and need for protection towards their potential as agents of change before, during and after disaster events. This article examines lessons from action research into children's agency in disaster‐prone communities of El Salvador and the Philippines. We describe some of the participatory risk management methods that were adapted for use with children, the centrality of ethics to our approach and the importance of working with a non‐governmental organisation (NGO) partner that provides ongoing support in the study communities. The research design was led by external agents in order to cross‐compare findings across locations and countries. However, we argue that by engaging children in a process of knowledge generation and analysis, the research broke down some of the assumed hierarchies between researcher and researched common to orthodox approaches.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 02655012
Copyright Statement: © 2012 Institute of Development Studies. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 13:34

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