ESRC Seminar Series CASCADE-NET: Civil Agency, Society and Climate Adaptation to Weather Extremes

Seminar 3

Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment

10:00-16:30 25th April 2018

University of Dundee, Scotland

Hosted by: Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience, University of Dundee, The Scottish Flood Forum and the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England, Bristol.

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10.00 Registration and coffee
10.30 Welcome and Introductions
11.00 Roles, challenges and opportunities for civil society in emergency response. Two speakers followed by facilitated discussion.

Dr Jakub Dostal (Dept of Economic Studies, College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Czech Republic). The Czech National Scheme of volunteering during emergencies

Ralph Throp (Community Resilience, Scottish Government) Civil society and resilience: the Scottish experience

12.15 Reducing dependency and enhancing empowerment. Introducing a serious game for flood communication and response (Mike Cranston, RAB consulting)
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Playing the serious game for flood communication and response
14.15 Coffee
14.30 Drawing on the experience of the game to examine the learning around reducing dependency and enhancing empowerment of civil society
15.15 Learning from Scotland about reducing dependency and enhancing empowerment. Short provocations, followed by discussion. Speakers are:

Suzanne Wilkie (Scottish Resilience Development Service, Scottish Government)

Paul Hendy (Scottish Flood Forum)

Ioan Fazey (CECHR, University of Dundee)

Kerry Burton (Glasgow Caledonian University)

16.15 Closing remarks
16.30 Close