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Co-designing methods for exploring gender norms, communication and security concerns in crisis situations

Contact person: Elisabet Nilsson
Responsible: Elisabet Nilsson
Partner: Lead Partner: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB; Other partners: Royal Holloway, University of London
Funding: Vinnova
Timeframe: 2019-09-01 -- 2019-12-31
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Culture and Society, Arts and Communication

During times of crisis, daily needs become challenges, social functions and infrastructures cease to operate, and everyday relations and communications are disrupted. Trust in governance diminishes and reliable information is sparse. This makes responding to a crisis challenging. Crises take multiple forms and exist at different levels, whilst requiring diverse responses and resiliences. Further examples of critical crisis situations, such as a result of power outages were recently addressed by SVT (Strömlöst Sverige, 2019-02-27), raise serious questions about the preparedness of the public.

Almost half of the Swedish population has not made any preparations to cope with long-term power failures (MSB study, 2015), whilst two-thirds of the respondents noted that they would be able to manage, for at least three days, without community support during a power failure. How crisis situations are handled differs depending on gender, with significantly more men self-reporting that they would manage on their own for a week or longer. This supports the notion that women tend to be more risk conscious than men, resulting in unequal chances for survival.

This project explores everyday security concerns and responses in crisis situations by focusing on gender inequalities and normative assumptions in crisis communication strategies. This is done through co-design interventions with public authorities, civil society organisations and citizens addressing these issues and the necessity to acknowledge, challenge and resist gender norms when designing crisis communication strategies.

The underlying assumption behind the project is that gender inequalities and norm-critical perspectives need to be addressed pre- and during a crisis; not only in terms of how to handle the crisis itself, but also how crisis- relevant information is designed, processed and enacted.

Within the project, methods will be co-designed for critically scrutinizing how gender norms and inequalities are manifested in regards to how crisis situations and notions of security are perceived and acted upon. The methods can become a resource for creating a norm-critical innovation process and evaluation of existing strategies for public authorities and civil society organizations (the direct stakeholders) who are engaged in crisis communication targeting citizens (the indirect stakeholders).

The project is run by members of the consortium CoCo (Co-designing Collaborative disaster-resilience among young citizens, public agencies and first responders in Europe). 

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