Posted on 27/06/2017
Ayesha (left) working with colleagues on digital storytelling
(Lecturer in Human Geography), has been selected as an IRDR (Integrated Research on Disaster Risk) Young Scientist
along with 40 other early career researchers from across the world. The aim is that through this initiative, co-sponsored by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
, 'young scientists' will engage more directly with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This framework runs from 2015 to 2030 (the Sustainable Development Goals time period) and focuses on cooperation and collaboration to reduce the risk of disasters and the associated loss of life and livelihoods.
Through the Young Scientist scheme, IRDR are trying to create a network of researchers across the social and natural sciences who work in a relevant area of disaster risk reduction so that they can be called upon to provide research evidence and policy specific advice.
A key part of the IRDR Young Scientist scheme is that participants conduct innovative research in the field of disaster risk reduction. Ayesha’s current research in the Philippines fits very clearly into this category. The research project entitled ‘After Disaster Strikes and Other Stories: The Political Construction of Typhoon Pablo in Insurgency Affected Communities in Mindanao’ is funded by the AHRC as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. The project builds on Ayesha’s previous work on disasters and political spaces in Pakistan, to consider the relationships between climatic disasters, conflict and politics in Mindanao, the Philippines. By focusing on people’s everyday experiences and narratives of disasters, she will be able to understand the impact of political complexity and conflict on the delivery of development interventions in disaster recovery and rehabilitation, and thus make recommendations for improved development policies. She is working with a local NGO (PeaceBuilding Community Inc) and a digital storytelling organisation (Swito Corp).
Ayesha’s work on the relationship between disasters and the political system, has also been picked up by the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). She was asked to contribute a piece on her research to support UNRISD's report on the Sustainable Development Goals and their interest around 'transformation': http://www.unrisd.org/UNRISD/website/newsview.nsf/(httpNews)/B2C4704E1AA18D5BC12581250031A6CA?OpenDocument