Envisioning the future by learning from the past: Arts and humanities in interdisciplinary tools for promoting a culture of risk

Sevilla, Elisa, Jarrín, María José, Barragán, Karina, Jáuregui, Paulina, Sabag, Casandra, Dupeyron, Agathe, Barclay, Jenni ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6122-197X, Armijos, Teresa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1020-6056, Cupuerán, María Isabel, Zapata, Camilo, Vásquez, María Antonieta and Narváez, Paúl (2023) Envisioning the future by learning from the past: Arts and humanities in interdisciplinary tools for promoting a culture of risk. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 92. ISSN 2212-4209

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Disaster risk is the result of complex interactions between the drivers of vulnerability such as poverty and lack of access to resources and the impacts from multiple hazards (with differing intensities and recurrence intervals). These risks are difficult to understand, quantify or convey. Historical hazard events have important potential in generating understanding of multiple potential risks. They provide historical and near-historical records of the real-life experience of relevant hazardous events and their physical, political and social consequences in physically familiar terrain. In this paper, we explore the use of historical research, memory, and emotion in developing conversations around the complexities of multi-hazard risk in urban settings through co-produced interdisciplinary museum exhibits and an educational transmedia platform in Quito, Ecuador. We argue that the opportunity for impact in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) arrives by targeting DRR education from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a narrative that draws on history and memory, and that uses art to address emotions and to communicate and visualise two sometimes overlooked but essential dimensions in DRR education: 1) understanding the risk drivers that turn hazardous events into disasters, and 2) building the capacity of communities to imagine future scenarios that reduce risk and create open and participatory processes of risk-sensitive urban planning as proposed by the Tomorrow's Cities Decision Support Environment (TCDSE).

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Elisa Sevilla reports financial support was provided by GCRF UKRI Urban Disaster Risk Hub through the University of Edinburgh and by GCRF UKRI QR.
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts and humanities,drr education,education for sustainable development esd,meaningful learning,tomorrow's cities decision support environment tcdse,geology,geotechnical engineering and engineering geology,safety research,sdg 11 - sustainable cities and communities ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1907
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Geosciences
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Date Deposited: 02 May 2023 17:30
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 00:12
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91978
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103712


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