ResiliencebyDesign Lab welcomes Tamara Plush
The ResiliencebyDesign (RbD) Innovation Lab in the School of Humanitarian Studies is excited to welcome Tamara Plush to its team. Tamara recently joined the RbD Lab as a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow. On a project funded by the Canadian Red Cross, her research will help ensure youth voice is part of the Fort McMurray wildfire recovery in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMBW) in Alberta.
Throughout the two-year project, Tamara’s key focus will be on collaborating with existing community based, youth-serving organizations in RMWB to strengthen youths’ capacities to engage as citizens in recovery process through visual storytelling, action research, participatory video and other methods. Her key interests are in researching how the voice of disaster-affected youth can be heard, valued and influential on decision-making in recovery resilience efforts in Wood Buffalo.
Tamara holds a PhD from the University of Queensland (UQ), focusing on communication and social change; and an MA from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Participation, Power and Social Change. She spent three years as the communication coordinator for CARE International’s Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network; lectured at UQ on participatory media; and worked more than 10 years as a video and multimedia producer, writer and director. She has designed and facilitated multiple participatory media projects for strengthening youth resilience to disasters with UNICEF, CARE, ActionAid, Plan International, Save the Children and others. Her research interests include: participatory media, climate change, disaster risk reduction, citizen voice and social justice.