Participatory Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Ramstad, Idun Sarre; Glesaaen, Peter Kristian; Keitsch, Martina
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Section: Collaborative Design
Page(s): 11
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


As conventional Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in developing countries fails to create a real and long-lasting impact, a more community-based approach has emerged. However, even this approach struggles to be truly empowering and sustainable. On the other hand, participatory design has emerged as a design approach seeking empowering outcomes. This paper investigates the question if and how researchers and designers can utilize participatory design methods and strategies to improve collaboration with local communities and to reach meaningful and feasible outcomes.

Keywords: participatory design, multi-/cross-/trans-disciplinary approaches, human centred design, design in developing countries, design for sustainability


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