As a PhD researcher at the University of Hull, I am currently undertaking a research project using participatory methods to ascertain the perceptions and experiences of children whom have been exposed to flooding in the UK and Vietnam.
I am interested in using digital technologies in a participatory context to achieve this and hope that as a result, the voice of the child will be included within natural disaster research, policy and decision making. Children are a too often marginalised group within societies and their personal experiences are neglected. Children deserve to be heard on an array of issues, especially those that concern them directly, or those that will in the future. By involving children in the research process we can gain a better understanding of their views, feelings and experiences and adapt policy and decision making in light of this. By doing so we can minimise the impact of natural disasters not only on them, but on entire communities.