The aims of the research project are to clarify and compare how resilience policy-making at the city level is made in the UK (Birmingham) and Japan (Sendai) and to examine the ways in which migrants can be better integrated into resilience decision-making, policy-setting and implementation of emergency response and disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives.Objectives include:
The project will use qualitative social research methods to provide a detailed and empirically rich account of resilience policy-making. To obtain primary data it will use semi-structured interviews. To support the analysis secondary data will be obtained through material (newspapers, articles, brochures, maps, evacuation plans). This implies a more holistic approach to data gathering that will allow more extensive and in-depth understanding of participants’ aspirations, strategies, objectives, attitudes and daily working environment related to resilience and disaster response. Data collection will involve field work in Birmingham (UK) and Sendai (Japan).