The role of migrants in building city resilience for emergency response and disaster risk reduction (DRR): A case study of Birmingham (UK) and Sendai (Japan)

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Birmingham

Principal Researcher

Szymon Parzniewski

Level of Research


Project Start Date

March 2016

Research Context

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:

  • To examine and compare resilience building activities at city level in two different cultural and decision-making contexts;
  • To explore the strategies, objectives and influences of resilience policy-making bodies on building resilience to emergency and disaster among migrants; 
  • To understand the ways in which resilience thinking and policy entrepreneurship shape resilience building and policy-making at the city level;
  • To contribute to social sciences literature by advancing new ideas and approaches about city resilience and migrant inclusion in DRR efforts.

Research Methodology

​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).

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

March 2019
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