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My PhD project aims to explore the lived experiences of international humanitarian organisations, local NGO's and communities in post-disaster shelter reconstruction and examine the opinions of participation and power distribution of the three groups stated above. The project will also examine the feasibility of localisation in post-disaster shelter reconstruction. A qualitative study will be undertaken in order to examine and investigate the aims of the project and the qualitative methodology will be constructive grounded theory. Purposive sampling will be used to recruit participants from international and local NGOs and members of the community. Semi-structured interviews will be undertaken to collect the necessary data for this project. This project has the capacity to enhance current knowledge on how communities rebuild and recover after a disaster and investigate one of the main barriers, power, that inhibits localisation. The study also has the capacity to also inform humanitarian organisation on community recovery.
I started my academic journey studying Geography at Nottingham Trent University back in 2016 and through undertaking modules looking at environmental hazards I have grown a passion for researching post-disaster recovery. After I finished my Bachelors degree I went on to study my masters degree in Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University and the degree gave a great overview of the humanitarian field, looking at refugee law to climate change. My passion still remained with post-disaster recovery and I focused my masters dissertation on participation of communities in post-disaster shelter reconstruction. From my findings of my masters dissertation it made it very clear there are gaps in knowledge surrounding community recovery and hence why now I have decided to undertake my PhD at Kingston University.