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It's the getting there that counts!

Justin Sharpe

PhD Student, Department of Geography, King's College London.


Justin has been interested in tectonic hazards for many years but also fascinated by the landscapes they create. His prior research has taken him to Los Angeles at the time of the first California wide earthquake drill, and to Santa Barbara for fieldwork related to his PhD on transformative learning impacts on resilience outcomes. Justin also runs two website aimed at disaster risk reduction education. One is aimed at children and how they can learn protective behaviours and the second is for educators charged with developing educational and learning materials for a range of ages. These can be found at www.edu4hazards.org and www.edu4drr.org

Talk summary:

This talk will take you on a journey through tectonically active lands via films, photography, observations in order to look at the flip side of hazard geography: the beauty of the landscapes that are created and lived in. Alongside this beauty are risks that people living in them have to cope with. This talk will take your through the USA, Italy, Taiwan and Japan as I share some of the human joys and learning experiences that have helped me to frame my understanding of human interaction within these lands. Finally I will end with a brief tour through the development and use of a comic strip (in Iran and Pakistan) to help people of all ages learn from a range of hazards, including tectonic.

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