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Building Resilience and Inclusion Amongst Vulnerable Populations Through Social Media

This project examines how vulnerable persons and emergency management organisations use social media during disasters.

Project dates: October 2017 - October 2018

Grant: Emergency Management Victoria, National Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme

Funding: $138,827 ($136,868 as per R&I data)

The project will create training resources on how to use social media to engage vulnerable populations.

The need for the project is driven by the risk of disasters — such as bushfires, heatwaves and floods — to vulnerable communities; the projected growth in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather-related disasters; and the increasing reliance on social media as a communication and information tool.

Challenges and Opportunities for Digital Technology in Engaging Communities in Emergencies (Webinar)

On the importance of social media and the increasing role of platform-based actors in emergency management landscape (presented by S.Karanasios, M.Poblett-Balcell & V.Cooper).

Key People

  • Stan Karanasios
  • Vanessa Cooper
  • Marta Poblet-Balcell
  • Peter Hayes
  • Mari Fitzpatrick