Creating resilient communities that are able to withstand external shocks and recover from adverse situations is a priority for our society in the face of climate change, the destruction of natural resources and the disruption caused by shock events.
CSRC has a number of research projects that explore community resilience from different perspectives. These include:
- Research for Lincolnshire County Council looking at three villages from a sustainability perspective. (Professor Gerard McElwee)
- The vulnerability of long-term Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan (Dr Julia Meaton). The aim of this project is to undertake a vulnerability assessment of one long standing refugee camp (Baqa’a Camp) Using a variety of methods including focus groups and interviews, the research will identify key environmental, social and political risks and will explore ways in which camp communities and residents can enhance their resilience and agency.
- Use of social media to address social problems at a community level (Dr Julia Meaton). Working with Public Health England, CSRC has been exploring the use of crowdmapping to address issues such as dog fouling (Dr Julia Meaton). Dog fouling is a major concern to many people with 95% of the British population worried about the amount of dog fouling, not just because of the mess it causes but because it can also be linked to health risks including 'toxocara canis'. It is one of the greatest causes of complaint within communities and many people expect local councils to deal with it more effectively. This is exemplified in Marsden, a small semi-rural village in Kirklees, where a local village Facebook site ‘Marsden, a local place for local people’ is regularly hijacked by extreme complaints, threats, rants and despair at the extent of the problem. This led to an initiative between the University of Huddersfield and Lisa Stringer from Public Health England, which sought to engage the community in a fun way so that the extent of the problem could be ‘logged’. An internet site using Ushahidi mapping software was established where people could record incidents of dog fouling and build an accurate record of the extent of the problem (https://poopatrolmarsden.crowdmap.com/).
- WAAA! is a low-cost surveillance system linking sensor technologies attached to newborns to the mobile phones of carers/ health providers in low-resource settings. WAAA! (Wearable, Anytime, Anywhere, Apgar) is based on the APGAR scale used globally to identify potential problems in newborns. WAAA! de-skills and automates clinical assessment, has the capability to monitor remotely and to trigger an emergency response- thus overcoming problems of limited access to community health workers.
WAAA! system components and interactions