Oxford Brookes academic launches podcast series to discuss disasters and development

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Exploring the global landscape: unveiling stories of motivation, actions, and reflections for a sustainable future with Rumana Kabir, senior lecturer and change maker in urban studies, humanitarian, and development practice.

Rumana Kabir, Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies, Humanitarian and Development Practice, from the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) has been researching urban risks, the impact of climate change and the pandemic, and disaster recovery related issues.

As part of her research, she is launching a new podcast series that invites change makers from around the world, working in disasters and development, to share their stories of Motivation, Actions, and Reflections for a Sustainable future or MARS mantra. The podcast discusses thought provoking ideas and raises challenging questions on past, present and potential future disaster and recovery situations.

Kabir’s podcast is being launched on Friday, 13 October 2023 to coincide with the United Nations International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR), of which this year's theme is ‘Fighting inequality for a resilient future’.

On the release of this series, Rumana said that ‘this podcast is a discussion with diverse voices, from different positions, cultures, regions, and communities. These real-life stories are aimed to empower individuals, organisations, and communities on ‘how to create a sustainable world, thrive in conflict zones, or to prepare ahead to recover from future disasters.’

This podcast is available on major platforms and also available here. More details about the MyMARSMantra project can be found on the project webpage at mymarsmantra.com.

Listeners are encouraged to share their stories and opinions by email: mymarsmantra@gmail.com

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