Action research in disaster reduction studies

[Speaker] Yamori, Katsuya:1
1:Kyoto University, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (Japan)

Action research is one of the characteristic methods in qualitative psychology. This does not mean that action research uses qualitative data only, but suggests that action research must always take the subtle and complex texture of specific social phenomena into consideration when addressing issues of a practical field. Doing so makes action research more collaborative compared with standard empirical psychology: collaboration between outsiders (e.g., researchers) and insiders (e.g., local people), collaboration among researchers representing different disciplines, and collaboration between quantitative analyses which provide overall and general trends, and qualitative, which capture more individual and specific phenomena. I will introduce one example of action research that incorporates both qualitative and quantitative approaches and is applied to the field of disaster reduction. It is called the "single person drill" for tsunami evacuation and was conducted in the aftermath of the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
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