Dear all,

Do you deal with trauma, grief, stress or strong emotions as part of your research? If so, the IAG 2015 pre-conference workshop on Disaster Communication and Self-Care for Geographers is for you. 

The workshop is relevant to most geographers (not just those with a focus on disasters), with a strong practical focus that encourages participants to use activities to assist them in their own research planning (further details below).

The workshop takes place on Tuesday 30 June from 12 - 5pm.

Please e-mail ceriksen@uow.edu.au to secure a place.

All the best,
Christine Eriksen (UOW) and Dale Dominey-Howes (USYD)
IAG Hazards, Risks and Disasters Study Group Co-Convenors


IAG 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop: Disaster Communication and Self-Care for Geographers

Organised by the Hazards, Risks and Disasters Study Group 

Geographers working in communities and environments impacted by hazards, risks and disasters (social, cultural and physical dimensions) are presented with a number of challenges from exposure to politically or emotionally charged stories and images to stressful working conditions. However, few researchers/academics in this field receive practical training or support to communicate about their research or manage the personal impacts of their work.

This workshop will cover two important topics for people who are working (or would like to work) in post-disaster environments: communications and how to look after yourself. The workshop facilitators Kate Brady from Australian Red Cross and Jane Nursey from the Australian Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health have extensive practical experience of working in post-disaster environments as well as research experience. The information presented will have a strong practical focus, and participants will be encouraged to use the activities to assist them in their own planning.

This workshop builds on the Communicating in Recovery Best Practice Guide, developed by Red Cross in direct response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Participants will receive a copy of the Guide, which includes information on recovery, different communication methods and audiences, advice on dealing with the media, and advocating for forgotten emergencies.

When: Tuesday 30 June 2015, 12 5pm
Where: ANU campus, building and room TBC
RSVP: Participants numbers will be capped at 20 and filled on a first come, first served basis (with priority given to study group members). Please e-mail ceriksen@uow.edu.au to sign up for the workshop.

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the IAG Council, which makes this workshop possible.

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Christine Eriksen, PhD FRGS
Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research
Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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