This JI special seminar will be presented by the members of the international collaborative project “Locally led Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance in Asia,” led by Professor Miwa Hirono, supported by the Asia-Japan Research Institute at Ritsumeikan University, Japan.
The international policy community working on disaster management and humanitarian assistance (DMHA) emphasizes the importance of “localization” and “local knowledge”. While no uniform definition of the term “localization” exists, the policymakers assume that localization addresses disasters more effectively and efficiently in terms of safeguarding lives than does internationalization/centralization.
However, is there any academic evidence to support this assumption? In discussing localization, literature pays attention to “local knowledge”, but what does local knowledge mean, and what difference does it make when we localize knowledge in DMHA? Does that save more lives? How can localisation of knowledge be conceptualized as a more dynamic paradigm, which captures ever-changing construction of knowledge over time, going beyond a static conception?
In this joint seminar, the panelists will discuss these questions by drawing on locally-led disaster management in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.
This seminar is a jointly presented by the ANU Japan Institute and the College of Global Liberal Arts at Ritsumeikan University.
The ANU Japan Institute Seminar Series is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.