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Mapping Social Capital For Emergency Preparedness Through Identification of Societal Institutions

March 20 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am EDT


Invited Speaker

Dr Jeff Donaldson

Principal Researcher
Preparedness Labs Incorporated

Disaster Resilience Interest Group

This webinar is organised by the Disaster Resilience Interest Group. This is a free public event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Despite considerable efforts to issue emergency preparedness ideas across a number of mediums, the population has largely ignored the instructions and in doing so, placed themselves at increased risk. Social capital represents the ties with our communities – between individuals and organizations, where norm of reciprocity and trust form the foundation, or the glue and lubricant, for achieving our goals.

Recent research has shown that there may be opportunities to use these identified connections throughout the community as trusted pathways, upon which important crisis communications may travel, thereby benefiting from the trust embedded in the structural pathway.

This presentation will explore one such model, leveraging the identification of social connections through network analysis, mapping the sectors of society and discussing a methodology to connect these networks and the local emergency management team.

About the presenter:

Dr. Jeff Donaldson is the Principal Researcher at Preparedness Labs Incorporated, a Canadian research and education firm focussed on improving individual and collective resilience. He is an adjunct professor in the Royal Roads University’s Disaster and Emergency Management program, the editor of the Journal of Preparedness in Canada and an avid backcountry paddler, golfer and outdoorsman. He served 28 years in Her Majesty’s Service as an Army Officer and has worked alongside humanitarian organizations throughout his career and research. His passion for social capital is rooted in the idea that fostering great relationships across people and organizations is the catalyst to building more resilient and climate adaptable communities. People believe who they trust – humans and institutions.

About Our Webinar Series

This event is part of our regular webinar sessions for social capital researchers including PhD/master students. These sessions include invited presentations from prominent scholars as well as presentations by PhD students and experts in professional practice.

For social capital researchers, these sessions are an opportunity to hear about the latest social capital research and insights from scholars working on the concept. They can be a great way to connect with people, to get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Are you researching social capital and want to present your research? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations can be 20 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.


March 20
7:00 am - 8:30 am EDT
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